Israel says Assad still has chemical weapons

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said French intelligence services would provide proof of that in the coming days.

Ahmet Uzumcu, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said Wednesday that the results "from four OPCW designated laboratories indicate exposure to sarin or a sarin-like substance". For many, the US strikes on a Syrian air base two days later were a satisfying response and long overdue in a protracted, deadly civil war that has left millions of families shattered, Daesh emboldened and Assad seemingly immune.

At least 86 people, including 30 children, were killed in the chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun, a rebel-held area in north-western Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports.

Konashenkov questioned how the OPCW, which he said was created as an objective and impartial global organization, was able to come to that conclusion in two weeks while still being unable to identify mustard gas use in Aleppo in four months. All the officials spoke on condition of anonymity under military briefing rules.

Russian Federation and Syria have claimed conventional Syrian weaponry struck a rebel chemical weapons depot, causing the tragedy.

Chemical gas attack survivors receive medical treatment at an hospital after the Assad regime's suspected chlorine gas attack in the town of Khan Shaykun, Idlib province, Syria on 6 April.

In an exclusive interview last week with AFP in Damascus, Assad said the suspected chemical attack was a "fabrication" to justify a U.S. missile strike on Syrian forces.

But Moscow, the closest ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is leading efforts to sideline the OPCW's existing fact-finding mission by calling for a new "full-scale and thorough investigation". Israel welcomed the strike on its northern neighbor.

In response to the chemical attack, the United States fired 59 missiles at the Syrian airbase said to be used to launch the attack. During the six-year conflict, Israel has largely stayed on the sidelines, carrying out occasional air strikes against what it says is the movement of weapons to Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militants. "It could also be used for roughly 10 attacks of a similar size to the recent Khan Sheikhoun attack". We gave up our arsenal a few years ago.

"One ton of sarin could easily be used to perpetrate an attack on the scale of the 2013 attack", Kaszeta said.

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