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Syria, rebels accuse each other of chemical attacks

DAMASCUS — Syria’s government and rebels traded accusations Tuesday of a chemical attack on a northern village for the first time in the civil war, although the United States said there was no evidence it had happened.

The use of such weapons would be a nightmare scenario in the two-year-old conflict that has killed an estimated 70,000 people, and the competing accusations showed a willingness by both sides to go to new levels to seek support from world powers.

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