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Israeli military chief warns an attack on Syria's chemical weapons could drag Israel into a broader war

Last modified: 24 Jul 2012 19:16

Israel's military chief warned Tuesday that an attack on Syrian chemical weapons depots could drag Israel into a broader war, counseling restraint after top officials declared they were prepared to strike to keep those weapons out of militants' hands.

Israel is afraid groups like Lebanon's Hezbollah could seize Syria's chemical weapons should the violence convulsing Syria drive the central government to collapse.

The military chief, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, told parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee that the Syrian army has stepped up security around the country's chemical weapons stocks.

"To the best of my judgment, at this point they remain in control of this network. They are protecting it and beefing up the security around it and it hasn't yet reached unwelcome hands, though that could change," he said, according to the military's website.

- Reuters