NHK - Hollande warns Syria against chemical weapons
NHK World News ---- French President Francois Hollande has warned the Syrian government not to use chemical weapons in its battles against insurgents. Hollande said the use of such weapons would offer the international community a legitimate reason to directly intervene. He also urged Syria's opposition groups to unite. He said France will recognize a provisional government as soon as it is formed. Syria's government forces are stepping up their offensive around Damascus after the departure of UN observers. A UK-based human rights group says about 160 people were killed on Monday. A military helicopter crashed in the eastern part of Damascus on Monday. The anti-government Free Syrian Army claims to have shot it down as retaliation for massacres by the government forces. In Daraya, southwest of Damascus, hundreds of people were found dead over the weekend. Government and opposition forces are blaming each other for the killings. Aug. 27, 2012 - Updated 23:25 UTC (08:25 JST)
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