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Israel says Syria regime used chemical weapons

Last modified: 21 Aug 2013 21:46

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons, backing opposition claims of multiple deadly strikes around Damascus.

"In Syria, the regime has used chemical weapons, and it's not the first time," Yaalon said.

"It's a life and death struggle between a regime based on the Alawite minority and a disparate opposition composed of Sunni Muslims, some Muslim Brotherhood members, others linked to al-Qaeda," he said. "We don't see any end to the fighting - even the fall of Assad won't bring it to a halt, there will a bloody settling of accounts over a long period."