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A convoy of U.N. vehicles carrying a team of U.N. chemical weapons experts, drive at one of the sites of an alleged poison gas attack in the southwestern Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Abo Alnour Alhaji
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A team of United Nations inspectors left their Damascus hotel on Wednesday and headed to the scene of an alleged chemical weapons strike on several suburbs outside the capital last week, a Reuters witness said.
Opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad say his forces used rockets loaded with poison gas in the middle of a fierce offensive on the Damascus outskirts, with activists putting the death toll between 500 and more than 1,000. Assad denies the charges.
(Reporting by Marwan Makdissi, editing by Elizabeth Piper)
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