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Syria chlorine gas attacks renew calls for no-fly zone

House member Jeff Duncan reacts after watching a video of a barrel bomb attack in Syria during a hearing convened by the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington, DC on June 17, 2015Sickened by footage of doctors trying to help child victims of a gas attack, US lawmakers Wednesday renewed calls for a US-led no fly zone over Syria. While the Syrian government has handed over its stocks of chemical weapons for destruction by the international community, chlorine does not count as a banned material because it has many uses, such as purifying water. “The Syrian government is using chlorine gas with impunity,” the former US ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, told the House foreign affairs committee.

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