An Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) officer claims Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons “in over 30 cases since Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention last year.”
According to The Times of Israel, the officer said, “From the day he signed the deal, [Assad] has used chemical weapons over thirty times, and in every case citizens were killed.”
He also said the weapons were “tactically deployed with mortars and short-range rockets.”
The officer could not say for certain what type of chemicals Assad allegedly used, only that “he has used what we call ‘non-classic’ substances.”
He said that development of these “non-classic” weapons is Assad’s current focus and that he believes these will rely on a “weaker gas such as chlorine.”
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