Israeli defense officials say Syria still has chemical weapons
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.