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Chemical weapons used, Syrians claim

Two sides’ assertions unconfirmed

Posted: March 20, 2013 at 5:10 a.m.

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian victim who suffered an alleged chemical attack at Khan al-Assal village according to SANA, receives treatment by doctors, at a hospital in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday March 19, 2013. Syria's information minister says a chemical weapon fired by rebels on a village in the north of the country is the "first act" by the opposition interim government announced in Istanbul. He says 16 people were killed and 86 wounded in the attack. Rebels have denied the accusation and say regime forces fired the weapon. (AP Photo/SANA)

BEIRUT — The Syrian government and Syrian rebels traded accusations about an attack in the northern province of Aleppo on Tuesday in which each side in the country’s two-year conflict said the other had used chemical weapons.

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