AC360 411: Syrian government accused of chemical attack
August 21st, 2013
09:26 PM ET

AC360 411: Syrian government accused of chemical attack

Chilling new videos posted online from Syria show victims of a chemical attack early this morning in the suburbs of Damascus, according to opposition activists. The Syrian government denies such an attack and calls the accusations "disillusioned and fabricated." This comes with U.N. inspectors in the country trying to determine whether either side has used chemical weapons in the past in the long-running civil war. Today a U.N. official said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was "shocked" by the reports of the deadly attack. Here’s the AC360 411 on Syria:


The number of people reportedly killed in today’s attack, according an umbrella group of opposition activists.


How many days the U.N. weapons team will be in Syria, with a possible extension. There work began Monday. It’s unclear if they’ll get access to where today’s alleged chemical attack took place.


The estimated population of Syria, according to the CIA World Factbook.


The number of Syrians killed since the uprising began and turned into a civil war, according to the United Nations. (cnn wires)


How many people are dying each month in Syria, according to the United Nations.


The number of children killed in Syria so far, according to UNICEF.

At least 1.9 million

How many Syrian refugees are now living in neighboring countries and North Africa, according to the U.N.

30,000 and counting

The number of Syrians who have fled to Iraq's Kurdistan region in recent days.


That’s how many months it’s been since Syria’s uprising began.

At least $385 million

How much the U.S. has spent on humanitarian assistance in Syria.

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