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UN May Investigate Syrian Chemical Weapons Use
UN May Investigate Syrian Chemical Weapons Use - Jerusalem Prayer TeamChemical weapons have been used at least once in the Syrian conflict, according to Western diplomats calling for a United Nations investigation.

"There are several examples where we are quite sure that shells with chemicals have been used in a very sporadic way,Ē one Western diplomat told the French news agency AFP. Another said "quite convincing evidence was sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, backing charges the weapons were used against the government forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The Syrian government wants the UN to investigate a chemical attack near Aleppo last month it says was launched by rebels. The opposition blames Assadís forces for that strike and also wants the UN team to look into other alleged chemical attacks perpetrated by the government.

Investigators say there have been three alleged chemical weapons attacks: the one near Aleppo and another near Damascus, both in March, as well as one in Homs last December. The rebels and Assadís government each blame the other for all the attacks.

So far, the Syrians will only allow inspectors access to the Aleppo site. The UN insists their team be allowed to visit both Aleppo and Homs. France and Britain representatives wrote to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last month expressing their opinion that the mission should look into all three chemical weapons cases. If allowed to proceed, the investigation will try to sort out if chemical weapons were used, but not who used them.

Western intelligence agencies believe Syria has one of the largest stockpiles of undeclared chemical weapons in the world. The United States, Israel, and Jordan are especially concerned about the fate of that arsenal, which is believed to be housed at several storage sites throughout the country. Among their concerns is the possibility that Assad may use the weapons in a desperate attempt to stay in power. There is also worry that some of the weapons could find their way into the hands of terror groups in Syria or Lebanon and ultimately be used against Israel.

According to UN estimates, more than 70,000 people have died in the two-year old Syrian civil war.

Lost in the he said-she said squabble over the use of chemical weapons is the interesting fact that neither side is denying their use Ė only blaming the other for the chemical weapons attacks. While they keep one eye on Iranís development of nuclear weapons, Israeli leaders are also watching the Syrian conflict, understandably nervous about who will end up with the key to the chemical weapons arsenal when the dust settles. Such a weapons cache would definitely pose a threat against Israel, especially if those weapons fall into the hands of terrorist groups such as Hamas. 

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To read the original Times of Israel article, click here.

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