Syria rebels say ‘chemical attack’ pushed them to quit Ghouta

Beirut (Lebanon) (AFP) – A top Syrian rebel official told AFP on Thursday that his faction only agreed to abandon its battered enclave outside Damascus because of an alleged toxic gas attack.

“Of course, the chemical attack is what pushed us to agree” to a withdrawal from Douma, said Yasser Dalwan, a high-ranking member of the Jaish al-Islam faction that held the town.