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BEIRUT/AMMAN, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Several people suffered symptoms consistent with exposure to chlorine gas in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta district near Damascus on Sunday (Feb 25), and one child was killed, the health authorities in the opposition-held area said in a statement. Victims, ambulance drivers and others smelt chlorine after "an enormous explosion" in the eastern Ghouta in the area of al-Shayfouniya, said the statement issued by the local branch of the opposition Syrian Interim Government's Ministry of Health. "At least 18 victims were treated with oxygen nebulising sessions." The Syrian army could not immediately be reached for comment. The Syrian government has consistently denied using chemical weapons in the war that will soon enter its eighth year. The Russian defence ministry, which backs the Syrian government in the war, on Sunday accused rebels of prep...

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