Rebels, medics and aid organisations in eastern Ghouta all say chemical weapons were used in an attack on the town of Douma. The Syrian regime and its allies say the allegations are a fabrication. The US meanwhile has warned Damascus.
The Kremlin has claimed that rebels are planning a chemical weapons attack with the intent of blaming it on Syria. Russia also says a British contractor is helping the militants.
The Russian government is warning of a staged gas attack by Syrian rebels in Idlib. Experts doubt the validity of that information, however, and see the move as a telltale sign of desperation in Moscow.
A week on from the evacuation of some 400 "White Helmet" rescue workers by Israeli and Western powers, hundreds still face being targeted by the Syrian regime. Calls are growing for the international community to act.
The death toll is expected to rise after a suspected chemical weapons attack in one of the last remaining rebel strongholds in Syria, eastern Ghouta. The government and its ally, Russia, have denied the reports.
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