Israeli defense officials: Assad still has chemical weapons

Israel says Assad's forces still have several tonnes of chemical weapons

A senior military official told reporters that the Israeli intelligence estimates that Assad has "between one and three tons" of chemical weapons.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is denying allegations that chemical weapons were used.

In this handout provided by the US Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross fires a Tomahawk land attack missile April 7, 2017 in the Mediterranean Sea.

Dan Kaszeta, a United Kingdom -based chemical weapons expert, said the Israeli estimate appeared to be conservative, but nonetheless was enough to be highly lethal.

According to him, the Assad regime had carried out the Sarin gas attack against the town of Khan Sheikhoun, killing close to 100 civilians, out of frustration that despite the significant help Syria is getting from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, regime troops are unable to make any serious advances on the ground.

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Israel, along with the U.S. and much of the global community, has accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces of carrying out the attack, which killed at least 90 people, including dozens of children.

The attacks officials blame on ISIS and other forces have not resulted in the death and destruction associated with the chemical attacks attributed to the Syrian government.

Assad agreed in 2013 to declare and dispose of all his chemical weapons under United Nations supervision, but his forces have repeatedly been accused of using them since then. According to USA estimates, more than 1,000 people were killed. "It could also be used for roughly 10 attacks of a similar size to the recent Khan Sheikhoun attack", he said.

"While further details of the laboratory analyses will follow, the analytical results already obtained are incontrovertible", said Ahmet Uzumcu, the organization's director-general.

In northern Iraq, Islamic State fired mortar rounds loaded with sulfur mustard at Kurdish forces in October 2015, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said. Former Brig. Gen. Zaher al-Sakat said the Syrian government still possessed hundreds of tons of chemical weapons.

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