Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (AP) (AP)
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon

Notwithstanding the announcement of a ceasefire in Syria, government forces have continued using chemical weapons against civilians, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Tuesday that Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons against civilians despite the ceasefire – brokered by Russia and the U.S. – aimed at bringing an end to the civil war in that country that began in 2011 and, according to the Syrian Center for Policy Research, has claimed close to 500,000 lives.

“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,” Ya’alon said at an event organized by the New Tech military and aviation group in Airport City, near Tel Aviv.

Ya’alon, in a meeting with his Italian counterpart, Roberta Pinotti, in Tel Aviv on Monday, said Israel was “very concerned” about the growing Iranian presence and influence in Syria.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that any peaceful resolution in Syria must guarantee Israel’s security needs, ensuring that Iran does not establish a terror front against Israel from the Syrian Golan Heights.

By: Terri Nir, United with Israel

shutterstock_196518893

Subscribe to Our FREE Newsletter for More Great Stories Like This One

United with Israel publishes stories like this every day. We believe that our work allows a more balanced view of Israel to emerge. With so much anti-Israel media bias out there from outlets like CNN and the BBC, helping the Holy Land means getting our message out to as many people as possible.

You can help.

Subscribe to our free newsletter to ensure that you get the latest and best stories from United with Israel. Together we can make a difference, and it starts with communication.

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR FREE NEWSLETTER