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Suspected toxic attack in Syria prompts outrage

Among those who had died, at least 21 had suffered breathing problems after the raids, without being able to identify the cause.

Smoke billows in the town of Douma, the last opposition holdout in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, on April 7, 2018, after Syrian troops resumed a military blitz to pressure rebels to withdraw. (AFP pic)

BEIRUT: A suspected chemical attack in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta sparked international outrage Sunday, as state media reported that the last rebel holdouts in the onetime opposition stronghold had agreed to evacuate.

State news agency SANA, citing a government source, said fighters with the Jaish al-Islam rebel faction had agreed to leave Eastern Ghouta’s main town of Douma within 48 hours.

In exchange Jaish al-Islam would release hostages it had been holding, the source said. SANA reported dozens of buses were already entering Douma to begin the evacuations.

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