Syrian government forces have been linked to using chemical weapons even when the ceasefire deal has been in place. Worse, the said chemical weapons were reportedly used on civilians, according to Israel. Is the Syrian government more harmful to its people?
Russia and the United States brokered a ceasefire deal in Syria that started on Saturday. Despite doubts on the deal, world powers continue to watch the situation and it appears that the Syrian government was one of the first ones not to comply. “The Syrians used military grade chemical weapons and lately have been using materials, chlorine, against civilians, including in these very days, after the supposed ceasefire, dropping barrels of chlorine on civilians,” Reuters quoted Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon during a conference hosted by New Tech military and aviation group in Airport City, near Tel Aviv. The minister did not provide any more details but president Bashar al-Assad denied the accusations.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to the Syria truce efforts but he maintained that Israel will continue with attacks should its security be threatened. Chlorine was reportedly used systematically in the Syrian civil war even though Syria supposedly surrendered its stock of the weapon, concluded the fact-finding mission of the global chemical weapons watchdog (OPCW) in 2014.
This is not the only violation of the Syria ceasefire. According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, there have been 31 violations of the deal for the last three days. The official asked the West to adhere to their commitments. “Now is the time to very carefully and responsibly approach the implementation of the Russia-US agreements on the cessation of hostilities in Syria,” RT quoted Zakharova. “We hope that statements made by a series of senior officials in Washington about the presence of a “Plan B”, or other alternative plans for Syria in the event of the resumption of hostilities, will remain theoretical,” he said.