Israel on alert for Syrian weapons

July 19th, 2012 - 11:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, July 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Israel is concerned that the Lebanese Hezbollah movement will try to get hold of Syrian army arsenal, including missiles and chemical weapons, Defence Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday.

Barak toured the border with Syria and warned of the possibility that Hezbollah could try to move Syria’s chemical weapons into Lebanon.

“There are also people who came to Syria from outside - from Global Jihad and Al Qaeda and other Islamists - meaning that as long as the fighting carries on we will have even greater chaos in Syria the day after Assad,” Barak said.

Barak Wednesday spoke with US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, telling him of Israeli concerns about the situation in Syria.

“We are also closely tracking the possibility that Hezbollah will try to move advanced military platforms or chemical weapons from Syria to Lebanon,” he said.

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah confirmed Wednesday that Syria provided arms not only to Hezbollah, but to terrorist groups in Gaza as well.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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