This is not the first time Assad used chemical weapon, Says Ya’alon

August 23, 2013 1:16 pm

This is not the first time Assad used chemical weapon, Says Ya'alon

Jerusalem 23rd August 2013: Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that non-conventional weapons were used against rebel forces in the attack in Damascus Early Wednesday, confirming claims by the Syrian opposition.

 

Speaking to reporters, Ya’alon said: “The civil war in Syria is continuing, with one hundred thousand dead, and, not for the first time, the regime is employing chemical weapons. This is a life-and-death struggle between a regime representing the Alawite minority and a disunited opposition. The end is not yet in sight, and even the fall of Assad would not end this conflict.”

 

“The regime, not the rebels use chemical weapons’ and that it was not the first time that forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had used such weapons during the two-year long civil war”, he added.

 

1,300 people were killed in the attack, according to Syrian anti-regime activist groups. But both the Syrian government and army have denied that such an attack took place.

 

The central evidence of the alleged use of chemical weapons is the videos footage posted on the internet showing victims of the alleged chemical weapons attacks being treated in hospitals. Opposition activists have circulated new and increasingly harrowing pictures of what they said were victims of alleged attack.

 

 

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Kalim Ansari is a Working Partner and Contributor to Qatar Chronicle. With over a decade’s experience in journalism, Kalim has reported for a number of major international publications from Gaza, Jerusalem, Beirut and Cairo.

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