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      Syria: We won't Use Chemical Weapons on Israel

      Damascus will not use chemical weapons against its own citizens, or in war with Israel, says Information Minister.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 4/24/2013, 8:32 PM

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      Damascus will not use chemical weapons against its own citizens, or in the event of war with its neighbor Israel, Syria's Information Minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

      Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said Syria would not resort to chemical weapons even if it had to go to war with Israel and use "all resources," reported Beirut-based Al Akhbar, citing the Interfax news agency.

      "Even if Syria does have chemical weapons, our leadership and our military will not use them either against Syrians or against Israelis, above all for moral reasons and secondarily on legal and political grounds," Zoubi reportedly said at a Moscow university.

      Syria last year acknowledged that it had chemical and biological weapons and said it could use them if foreign countries intervened.

      The United States has warned that any use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war would be a "red line" that could trigger intervention.

      The Syrian government and rebels each accused the other of launching a chemical attack near the northern city of Aleppo last month.

      A top Israel intelligence officer said Tuesday that the Syrian regime has already used chemical weapons in the civil war.