Israel: Assad has killed with poison gas 30 times since August

Children receive oxygen in Kfar Zeita, a rebel-held village in Hama province, after an alleged chemical attack, April 16, 2014 (photo credit: AP Photo/Shaam News Network)

Children receive oxygen in Kfar Zeita, a rebel-held village in Hama province, after an alleged chemical attack, April 16, 2014 (photo credit: AP Photo/Shaam News Network)

Regime, which signed convention against use last summer, developing range of ‘non-classic’ chemical weapons, senior IDF officer says

(SOURCE)  Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have used chemical weapons in over 30 cases since Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention last year and agreed to the destruction of its entire arsenal, a senior IDF officer said Thursday.

“From the day that he signed the deal, [Assad] has used chemical weapons over thirty times, and in every case citizens were killed,” the officer said, adding that the weapons were “tactically deployed” with mortars and short-range rockets.

 According to the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Assad’s regime was now focused on developing “non-classic” unconventional weapons based on weaker gas such as chlorine.

“We cannot say which type of chemical weapons, but factually, we can say he has used what we call ‘non-classic’ substances, which, in the end, have killed citizens,” he said.

The officer asserted that although Syria’s joining of the Chemical Weapons Convention had significantly reduced the threat of a chemical attack on Israel, Assad still aimed to produce weapons that could be deployed despite Syria’s membership in the CWC.

“Our assessment is that [Assad] will attempt to retain a small stockpile, but he is constrained by the convention,” the officer said.

“That is why he is developing chemicals that, as I said before, are ‘non-classic’ — chlorine, for example, which can be found all over Israel or in any other country.”

Brig. Gen. Itay Brun, head of the IDF Military Intelligence research section, at a Foreign Affairs and Defense committee hearing at the Knesset on Tuesday (photo credit: Noam Moskowitz/Flash90)

Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, head of the IDF Military Intelligence research and analysis division, at a Foreign Affairs and Defense committee hearing at the Knesset in 2012 (photo credit: Noam Moskowitz/Flash90)

Israeli intelligence exposed the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons early last year. The Israeli army’s military intelligence analyst Itai Brun, in April 2013, delivered a bombshell lecture in which he declared publicly that Assad was using nerve gas against rebel forces: “To the best of our professional understanding, the regime has used lethal chemical weapons,” he said at the time, and specified that the IDF believed the toxic element was sarin. He noted then that it had been used on more than one occasion, including in an attack on March 19, 2013.

His assertion was initially queried, but subsequently accepted, by US and other officials. The Israeli conclusion was “based on very special work,” by a team that “saw very clearly,” Brun later said.

1 thought on “Israel: Assad has killed with poison gas 30 times since August

  1. Are these people pure evil, and/or pocessed? We ask ourselves how could he/they kill little children like that? Who can we believe and turn to now or ever except God and Gods word to know and be sure of the truth? What is the bottom line if not God?

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