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Israeli military units "are in Syria"

February 17, 2014 at 1:49 am

The Israeli government has not commented on a Sunday Times report in Britain which alleges that units of Israeli special forces are searching for chemical weapons in Syria.

Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yalon refused to comment on the news other than to say, “There are no indications that the Syrian regime is going to use chemical weapons against Israel.” He spoke about the success of Israel’s deterrence power.

Commenting on Syria’s stock of chemical weapons, the head of the political staff in the Israeli Ministry of Defence, Amos Gilad, affirmed that the supply is “protected”. Syrian President Bashar al-Asad has got the message from the international community regarding any hazardous use of this weapon, he said.

Gilad added his concerns about the Syrian economy, which is moving from bad to worse as a result of the internal conflict. He said that he expects Al-Asad to engineer a sectarian war as he sees the power of the opposition groups increasing.