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UN: Recent Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria a "Serious Escalation"

Opposition activists say over 1,000 people were killed yesterday in a chemical attack

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UN officials say alleged chemical weapons attacks which Syria's opposition says killed hundreds near Damascus were a "serious escalation".

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson made the comments after briefing an emergency UN Security Council meeting about Wednesday's incident.

The Security Council also said that clarity was needed over the attacks.