Is­raeli de­fense of­fi­cials say Syria still has chem­i­cal weapons

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - PAGE TWO -

JERUSALEM (AP) — Syria still has up to 3 tons of chem­i­cal weapons, Is­raeli de­fense of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day in the first spe­cific in­tel­li­gence as­sess­ment of Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s weapons ca­pa­bil­i­ties since a deadly chem­i­cal at­tack ear­lier this month.

The es­ti­mate came as the chief of the in­ter­na­tional chem­i­cal weapons watch­dog said lab­o­ra­tory tests pro­vided “in­con­tro­vert­ible” ev­i­dence that vic­tims and sur­vivors of the April 4 at­tack in north­ern Syria were exposed to sarin nerve gas or a sim­i­lar banned toxin.

Is­rael, along with the United States and much of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, ac­cused As­sad’s forces of car­ry­ing out the at­tack, which killed at least 90 peo­ple, in­clud­ing dozens of chil­dren.

A se­nior Is­raeli mil­i­tary of­fi­cial said Is­raeli in­tel­li­gence thinks Syr­ian mil­i­tary com­man­ders or­dered the at­tack, with As­sad’s knowl­edge.

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