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Israel says Syrian regime still has several tonnes of chemical weapons

Israeli defense officials: Assad still has chemical weapons Israel Says Assad Has Tons of Chemical Weapons Left
Eleena Tovar | 25 Abril, 2017, 18:34

The draft decision put forward by Moscow and Tehran - and obtained by AFP - had called for a new investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) "to establish whether chemical weapons were used in Khan Sheikhun and how they were delivered to the site of the reported incident".

"There can be no doubt in the global community's mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all", said Mattis.

Lieberman also refused to go into detail but said "We have 100 percent information that Assad regime used chemical weapons against rebels".

Western leaders including US President Donald Trump have accused Assad of being behind the attack in the rebel-held town, saying his forces used a chemical weapon during an air strike.

His comments came as France promised proof "within days" that the Syrian regime carried out the chemical attack which killed at least 90 people.

It was the first time USA forces had directly attacked government forces in the six-year civil war.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on April 19 that this country would present proof of the Assad regime's culpability in the coming days, the Deutsche Welle report said.

The movement of the aircraft to the base at Bassel Al-Assad International Airport began soon after the U.S. Navy on April 6 launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat Airbase in Syria.

Assad insists his regime handed over all chemical weapons stockpiles in 2013, under a deal brokered by the regime's key ally, Russia, to avoid threatened United States military action.

Russia, a key ally of the Syrian government, said it would stop engaging in a hotline with the US military used to "deconflict", or to make efforts to avoid collisions in Syrian airspace.

The assessment was confirmed by two other Israeli defence officials.

UK-based chemical weapons expert Dan Kaszeta told the Associated Press that Israel's estimate was conservative, but nonetheless was enough to be highly lethal.

The Syrian military denied using any chemical agents.

The disarmament, which was carried out amid a chaotic conflict, has always been the subject of some doubt, and there is evidence that the Islamic State group and other insurgents have acquired chemical weapons.

In a tweet Wednesday, the United Kingdom delegation said Ahmet Uzumcu, the director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, made the statement at the opening of a closed-door meeting of the OPCW's executive council, which was discussing the attack.