White House: Syria chemical weapons kill up to 150

FILE -- In this June 5, 2013 file photo released, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a damaged street is seen in Qusair, Syria. Syria's civil war has morphed into a proxy fight in which Shiite Iran has strongly backed Assad, while Sunni Arab nations have backed rebels. Many Sunni hard-liners around the Mideast have taken Hezbollah's intervention in Syria almost as a declaration of war by Shiites against Sunnis. (AP Photo/SANA, File)

FILE -- In this June 5, 2013 file photo released, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a damaged street is seen in Qusair, Syria. Syria's civil war has morphed into a proxy fight in which Shiite Iran has strongly backed Assad, while Sunni Arab nations have backed rebels. Many Sunni hard-liners around the Mideast have taken Hezbollah's intervention in Syria almost as a declaration of war by Shiites against Sunnis. (AP Photo/SANA, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration estimates that 100 to 150 people have died from chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

The White House blames the Syrian government for the attacks and says the casualty data is likely incomplete. It says it has no reliable, corroborated information to suggest that the Syrian opposition in the country's civil war has acquired chemical weapons.

The White House, in a statement issued late Thursday, says the use of chemical weapons "violates international norms and crosses clear red lines."

Associated Press
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