France claims to have proof Assad used chemical weapons in Syria attack

France claims to have proof Assad used chemical weapons in Syria attack

Israel's military said on Wednesday it believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces still possess several tonnes of chemical weapons, issuing the assessment two weeks after a chemical attack that killed almost 90 people in Syria.

The declaration came when the regime pledged to destroy its weapons cache to prevent United States strikes in retaliation of a Syrian chemical attack on Damascus in August 2013, widely believed to have been carried out by Assad's forces, though the regime denies responsibility. Assad insisted his forces had turned over all their chemical weapons stocks years ago and would never use the banned arms.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has repeatedly denied his government has any chemical weapons stocks after surrendering its chemical arsenal to an global watchdog in 2013 after the deaths of hundreds from sarin exposure in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus in 2013.

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

It said the new measures were meant to help pressure Syria to "immediately stop the repeated and heinous attacks against its own people".

The comments are Israel's first assessment of Damascus' nerve agent stockpiles following an attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun on April 4.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said its tests on victims of the incident were "incontrovertible" proof sarin or a sarin-like substance was used.

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France claims to have proof Assad used chemical weapons in Syria attack

Russian President Vladimir Putin said April 6 that groundless accusations in the chemical weapons incident in Syria's Idlib were unacceptable before the investigation into the matter had been carried out.

In response to the April 4 attack, the United States fired 59 missiles at a Syrian air base it said was the launching pad for the attack.

But Moscow, the closest ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, is leading efforts to sideline the OPCW's existing fact-finding mission by calling for a new "full-scale and thorough investigation".

But questioned remained about the efficacy of the agreement and whether the regime had disposed of all its chemical weapons. But doubts began to emerge soon afterward that not all such armaments or production facilities were declared and destroyed.

Former Brig. Gen. Zaher al-Sakat said the Syrian government still possessed hundreds of tons of chemical weapons.

A US official says that Syria has moved all of the aircraft from the airbase that was struck by USA missiles two weeks ago to an airbase used by Russian Federation for missions within Syria.

The Central Military Media said 3,000 residents of two pro-government villages, Foua and Kfarya, left Wednesday in 45 buses bound for government-controlled Aleppo. 19, 2017, heading toward the northern rebel-held Idlib province.

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