Israeli Intelligence: 'Hard to Believe' Assad Had No Knowledge of Chemical Attack

"We have elements that will allow us to show that the regime knowingly used chemical weapons", Ayrault told LCP television.

The sources claimed that nearly all of the planes in the Syrian Air Force were taken to a base in Latakia, which is one of the two main Russian military bases in the country.

The draft-resolution, however, overlooked the fact that the global body, based in The Hague, was already investigating the April 4 attack on Idlib province, which claimed the lives of 87 people, including many children.

Moscow last week vetoed a UN Security Council resolution demanding a swift investigation into the attack - the eighth time Russian Federation has used its veto to protect the Assad regime since bloody civil war erupted in Syria in 2011.

Russian Federation deployed military forces and operations into Syria in the latter part of 2015 to boost the Syrian government in the country's civil war.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad still possesses up to three tons of chemical weapons, Israeli defense officials have said.

A similar global outcry after a sarin attack in 2013 resulted in a USA and Russian program to destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.

The Associated Press quoted a senior Israeli military official who said information gathered by national intelligence services indicated the Assad regime still had between "one and three tons" of chemical weapons, despite worldwide efforts in 2014 to dismantle and remove Syria's stockpile.

"Yesterday, our joint proposal that experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) should visit the scene of the purported incident where chemical weapons had been supposedly used was blocked by Western delegations without any clear explanations", Sergey Lavrov said at the meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

President Trump stated that the United States would not get involved with Syria, but would continue attacks if the use of chemical weapons is repeated.

The Turkish government said autopsies on victims brought over the border confirmed chemical weapons had been used.

Syria's presidential advisor Buthaina Shaba'an said on Wednesday that her government's main ally, Russia, assured the Syrian government that there will be no more United States strikes on Syrian military positions. In response, the United States fired almost 60 missiles at a Syrian air base it suspected of being the launching pad for the attack.

Egeland said no Syrians should be forced out of their homes through starvation or siege.

"If today we were millions tomorrow even more of us need to come out", said opposition governor and two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, who last week was barred from running for office for 15 years.

  • Leroy Wright