Syria chemical weapons secure, according to Israeli sources
Syrian teenager Samir Qutaini, 17, poses next to a checkpoint in the Salahadine district of Aleppo on Thursday. (AFP PHOTO/STR)
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Despite warnings that the Syrian government no longer has control of their chemical weapons, a senior Israeli defense official said on Sunday that the potentially lethal arms were secure.
Speaking to Army Radio, Amos Gilad, said the weapons were 'safe' for now although the Israelis were prepared for the opposition to take over the country.
"Suppose he (Assad) does leave, there could be chaos ... in the Middle East you never know who will come instead. We need to stay level-headed; the entire world is dealing with this. At the moment, chemical weapons are under control," Gilad said.
Activists in Syria claim the regime has already been using chemical weapons on civilians living in opposition areas. However, there has so far been no independent verification of this.
The Syrian government admitted this year that it had chemical weapons, having previously denied having them in its possession. Syria is one of only six states to refuse to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention.
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