Syria: We wouldn't use chemical arms against Israel

Syrian information minister says even if Assad regime does have chemical arms, leadership won't use them "for moral reasons."

By REUTERS
April 24, 2013 18:21
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A Syrian soldier fires an AK-47.

Syrian fighter ak47 370. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

MOSCOW - Damascus will not use chemical weapons against its own citizens, or in the event of war with its neighbor Israel, Syria's Information Minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

A senior Israeli intelligence officer

Western countries and Israel have also expressed fears that chemical weapons could fall into the hands of militant groups hostile to them as Assad's authority erodes.

"Even if Syria does have chemical weapons, our leadership and our military will not use them either against Syrians or against Israelis, above all for moral reasons and secondarily on legal and political grounds," Omran al-Zoabi was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying at a Moscow university.

He said Syria would not resort to chemical weapons even if it had to go to war with Israel and use "all resources".


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