According Syrian general Major-General Adnan Sillu, who defected during the ongoing civil war, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad plans to move his chemical weapons to Hizbullah hands, the Times of London reports.
The former senior Syrian officer was interviewed by the Times of London, telling the newspaper that as a last resort, Assad planned to use the chemical weapons against his people. Sillu was in charge of the chemical weaponry prior to his defection.
“We were in a serious discussion about the use of chemical weapons, including how we would use them and in what areas,” Sillu told the Times.
“We discussed this as a last resort — such as if the regime lost control of an important area such as Aleppo,” said the General.
Earlier in the week, a report in the German weekly Der Spiegel claimed that Syria tested delivery systems for chemical weapons at the end of August, the daily Haaretz reports.
Israeli military and intelligence officials continue to carefully monitor events in Syria, predicting the downfall of Assad will occur in the not-too-distant future.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)