Senior Israeli defense officials on Wednesday said that the military of Syrian President Bashar Assad is believed to have as much as three tons of chemical weapons, despite a 2013 agreement ordering the country to dispose of its stockpiles.
The Syrian government’s chemical weapons program has been the subject of fierce scrutiny in recent weeks, after a deadly chemical attack in northern Syria earlier this month killed more than 80 civilians.
A senior Israeli military official said that Assad’s military is believed to possess between one and three tons of chemical weapons.
Assad has fervently denied that Syria was responsible for carrying out the chemical attack, asserting that the government no longer possesses chemical weapons and would not use them even if it did. Days after the April 4 attack, President Trump ordered a missile strike on the Syrian military airbase from which the chemical attack is believed to have been launched.
That move was widely hailed by world leaders, while Syrian and Russian government officials condemned the U.S. attack as an act of aggression.