The Syrian government’s “clear” use of chemical weapons against its people requires the world to act, Minister of Intelligence Yuval Steinitz said.
“What happened in Syria five days ago is beyond our worst imagination, the use of chemical weapons as weapons of mass destruction,” Steinitz told journalists today at a Jerusalem briefing. “The world can’t allow this to happen. The world can’t allow this to proceed.”
United Nations inspectors will begin investigating allegations of chemical arms use in Syria “within hours,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a briefing in Seoul today. The U.S. concluded President Bashar Al-Assad’s government probably used the weaponry against civilians,
Syria and the UN agreed yesterday to the inspection of the Ghouta area outside Damascus.
The agreement five days after the purported attack is too late because constant shelling of the area could have corrupted or destroyed evidence, the U.S. administration official said in an e-mailed statement. The statement was released on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.
“We want to stay out of these conflicts in the Arab world,” said Steinitz. “But we also make clear that if we come under attack, we will act decisively.”
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