Residents walk past damaged buildings as they shop in the Damascus suburb of Harasta August 24, 2014. (REUTERS/Badra Mamet)
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U.N.-mandated human rights investigators said Wednesday that they believed the Syrian government dropped the chemical agent chlorine on civilian areas on eight different occasions in April.The independent Commission of Inquiry on the rights situation in Syria was created three years ago by the U.N. Human Rights Council to investigate abuses committed in the war, which is estimated to have killed nearly 200,000 people.It will present to the council next month its latest report covering a litany of war crimes and crimes against humanity it says were carried out by the Syrian government, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and opposition groups. In jihadist controlled areas of Syria, public executions, amputations, lashings and mock crucifixion have become a regular fixture, the report said.
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