Syria ‘will not use’ chemical weapons on its own people

BBC News Middle East:

Syria has said it will not use chemical weapons against its own people, but would do so against an external attack.

Acknowledging their existence for the first time, Damascus said the weapons, stored and secured by the armed forces, would never be used “inside Syria”.

Rebels have told the BBC’s Paul Wood in Syria that they are encouraged by the killing of four top security officials.

But the refugee crisis has deepened, and Iraq has announced it is opening its borders to help people flee.

An estimated 1.5 million people are homeless within Syria, according to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, which says the number is rising.

‘External aggression’

“Any chemical or biological weapons will never be used, I repeat, will never be used in the Syrian crisis, no matter what the internal developments in this crisis are,” foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said, at a news conference broadcast on Syrian state TV.

“All varieties of these weapons are stored and secured by the Syrian armed forces and under its direct supervision, and will not be used unless Syria is subjected to external aggression.”

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Editor’s Note: Is the time near for the fulfillment of Prophet Muhammad’s (peace and blessings on him) prophecy (hadith) about Syria which says “A ball of fire will emerge from Damascus and spread throughout the world destroying it”.

 

Categories: Crisis, Syria, Violence, War, World

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