A Syrian child tries an improvised gas mask made by his father as part of preparations for any upcoming raids in the rebel-held Idlib province's village of Maar Shurin, on September 11, 2018. / AFP / OMAR HAJ KADOUR
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Syrian government forces fired chlorine, a banned chemical weapon, on a rebel-held Damascus suburb and on Idlib province this year, in attacks that constitute war crimes, United Nations human rights investigators said on Wednesday.The three incidents bring to 39 the number of chemical attacks which the Commission of Inquiry on Syria has documented since 2013, including 33 attributed to the government, a U.N. official told Reuters. In the northwest province of Idlib -- where the United Nations fears a major imminent assault by Syrian and Russian forces against the last rebel-held stronghold -- chlorine was also used on February 4, the U.N. report said.
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