Israel bombed Syrian chemical weapons factory where the Israeli government believes that the Bashar al Assad regime was seeking to relaunch its chemical weapons program, this according to intelligence sources with knowledge of the operations deployed in June and last year.
Israel usually deploys operations on Syrian territory, without publicly recognizing them, but these are incursions against Iranian militias or aimed at preventing the shipment of weapons by Tehran.
But according to the Washington Post, Israel bombed Syrian chemical weapons factory, which were in military installations which would be linked to the chemical weapons program which would produce deadly nerve agents, such as sarin gas.
Israel bombed Syrian chemical weapons factory
A Western intelligence official consulted by the Post said that “If Al Assad, a dictator known for using chemical weapons on his own population during the long civil war, were able to reconstitute the scientific-military program, it would be a direct threat to the security of Israel and other countries in the region ”.
Given this, Israel bombed Syrian chemical weapons factory, because in fact, it added: “The chemical arsenal of yesteryear had as its main destination to be used in a possible war with Israel. “It is a strategic weapon for the regime.”
But concerns were sparked when it was reported that Syria managed to import a key chemical that can be used to make deadly sarin gas: tricalcium phosphate, known as TCP.
And while the material can have non-military uses, it can also easily be converted into phosphorous trichloride, which is banned for import into Syria as a precursor to various nerve agents.
It was then that for Israeli agents, it was clear that the purchase was part of efforts to rebuild the capacity to develop chemical weapons, four current and former intelligence officials from the United States and the West with access to information on the case told the outlet. at the time of the most recent operation.
Attacks on chemical weapons factories
First attack where Israel bombed Syrian chemical weapons factory: March 5, 2020 against a complex in Homs, 160 kilometers from Damascus and a former production center for these weapons.
In this case it is believed that the TCP’s destination was a military unit known as Rama 450, a division of the main Syrian military laboratory, the Center for Scientific Studies and Research, which oversaw production from the 1980s until the official dismantling of the program in 2014.
Second attack where Israel bombed Syrian chemical weapons factory: 8 of June, a bombing of a military storage bunker near An Nasiriyah and two other locations near Homs.
One of these points is believed to have been an auxiliary facility for the military laboratory, an attack that killed seven soldiers, including Syrian Colonel Ayham Ismail, who was honored as a “hero martyr” by local propaganda.
It is believed that the objective of the bombings were preventive operations in order to eliminate production capacity before they can manufacture the weapons, the sources told the Post.
In addition, the fact that Israel bombed Syrian chemical weapons factory had to be in a hurry since if the bombing is carried out when they are already produced, it runs the risk of spreading lethal gases in nearby cities.
What are the deadliest chemical weapons?
Gas VX: It affects the transmission of nerve impulses within the nervous system and manifests itself in the form of seizures up to a general paralysis.
Sarin gas: It begins with headaches, salivation and secretion of tears, followed by a progressive paralysis of the muscles until it leads to death.
Phosgene: It damages lung tissue and its initial symptoms are coughing, choking, chest tightness, nausea, and vomiting.
Mustard gas: On exposed skin it becomes red, burns, large blisters appear and turn into painful ulcers. The eyes swell and people go blind within hours of exposure.
Novichok 5: The deadliest nerve agent in existence and its effects are five to eight times more than VX Gas. Its effects cause continuous contraction of the muscles until eventually inducing cardiac arrest.
Syria has the capacity to create chemical weapons
In contrast, the international community has called on the Al Assad regime for greater transparency about its possession and use of weapons with toxic properties. While the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) claimed a few days ago that Syria continues without declaring its arsenal and without welcoming OPCW investigators on its territory.
Israel bombed Syria’s chemical weapons factory, but Assad denies using them and says it has turned over its entire arsenal for international oversight, since the 2013 agreement, when it joined the OPCW after an alleged sarin gas attack that killed 1,400 people on the outskirts of Damascus.
But in April, OPCW member states voted to suspend Syria’s voting rights, following an investigation that accused it of further gas attacks.
“Syria still has an arsenal of chemical weapons, retains the ability to produce chemical weapons today, and has the ability to carry out chemical weapons attacks against civilians,” said Steve Kostas, a lawyer with the Open Society Justice Initiative, NGO that seeks the prosecution of the perpetrators of chemical warfare.
Now that Israel has bombed Syrian chemical weapons factory several specialists have come out to point out Syria’s actions, for example Greg Koblentz who said: “Syria has been hiding key components of its chemical weapons program since it signed the Chemical Weapons Convention in 2013 ″.
Greg Koblentz, an associate professor and biodefense expert at George Mason University’s Schar School of Public Policy and Government, said Syria’s purchase of tricalcium phosphate appears credible given the regime’s record of failing to meet its international treaty obligations.
“It makes sense that the Assad regime wants to rebuild its chemical weapons program to once again serve as a strategic deterrent against its longtime adversary, Israel,” Koblentz. In that sense, Israel bombed Syrian chemical weapons factory.
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