Syria's Assad still has chemical weapons, says Israel

This frame grab from video provided by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media shows buses carrying opposition fighters leaving Zabadani near Damascus Syria Wednesday April. 19 2017 heading toward the northern rebel-held Idlib provi

Leading chemical weapons expert and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Theodore Postol, has claimed that the Khan Sheikhoun nerve agent attack in Syria, which was attributed to President Bashar Al Assad's forces, was staged.

The suspected attack killed at least 87 people, including many children, and images of the dead and of suffering victims provoked global outrage. Israel, along with much of the worldwide community, believes that Assad's forces carried out the attack.

The assessment was confirmed by two other Israeli defense officials. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity under military briefing rules. Top Assad ally, Russia, has asserted a Syrian government airstrike hit a rebel chemical weapons factory, causing the disaster.

Russian Federation calls on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to end fruitless public disputes over Syria, Ryabkov said. Israel welcomed the strike on its northern neighbor.

Mr Johnson called on Russian Federation, which acted as a guarantor for that accord on chemical disarmament, to end its "blind support" for Assad and help work towards a political solution to the six-year Syrian civil war. The fighting has killed an estimated 400,000 people and displaced half of Syria's population.

Following Russia's intervention in September 2015, Israel and Moscow opened a hotline to coordinate military activity in Syria.

Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons arsenal in 2013.

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The Foreign Secretary said there was "only one conclusion, that the Assad regime nearly certainly gassed its own people in breach of worldwide law and the rules of war", showing disregard for an agreement to destroy its stockpiles in 2013. But doubts began to emerge soon afterward that not all such armaments or production facilities were declared and destroyed.

"Definitely, 100 percent for us, it's fabrication", he said.

"One ton of sarin could easily be used to perpetrate an attack on the scale of the 2013 attack". Damascus denied any involvement in the Idlib incident, while the Syrian army said it does not possess chemical weapons.

"While further details of the laboratory analyses will follow, the analytical results already obtained are incontrovertible", Uzumcu told the meeting of the body's executive council which resumed today at its headquarters in The Hague.

Two weeks passed after the alleged use of chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun.

He added: "It is my belief, though I stress no such decision has yet been taken, that were such a request to be made in future, were it to be a reasonable request in pursuit of similar objectives, then I think it would be very hard for the United Kingdom to say no".

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