Last Updated: Wed Sep 19, 2012 19:30 pm (KSA) 16:30 pm (GMT)

Assad plans to transfer chemical weapons to Hezbollah: Syrian defected general

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad might transfer the chemical weapons to the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah. (Design by Farwa Rizwan/Al Arabiya English)
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad might transfer the chemical weapons to the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah. (Design by Farwa Rizwan/Al Arabiya English)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would transfer the chemical weapons to the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, a Syrian defected general told the Times of London.

Former Syrian general turned defector, Major-General Adnan Sillu, said that aside from plans to transfer weapons to Hezbollah, Syria had planned to use chemical weapons on the Syrian people, “as a last resort,” a report on the Israeli online edition of Haaretz said, quoting the Times.

“We were in a serious discussion about the use of chemical weapons, including how we would use them and in what areas,” Sillu said.

“We discussed this as a last resort -- such as if the regime lost control of an important area such as Aleppo,” the General was quoted as saying.

The German weekly Der Spiegel on Monday claimed that Syria tested delivery systems for chemical weapons at the end of August.

“Five or six empty shells devised for delivering chemical agents were fired by tanks and aircraft, at a site called Diraiham in the desert near the village of Khanasir,” east of the city of Aleppo, Der Spiegel reported.

The Safira research center in question is regarded as Syria’s largest testing site for chemical weapons. It is officially referred to as a “scientific research center.”

Iranian officers, believed to be members of the Revolutionary Guards, were flown in by helicopter for the testing, according to the witness statements cited.

Scientists from Iran and North Korea are said to work in the expansive, fenced-off complex. According to Western intelligence agencies, they produce deadly chemical agents such as sarin and mustard gas.

Last month French President Francois Hollande warned that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime would be a legitimate reason for a foreign intervention.

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