A United Nations (UN) arms expert collects samples as they inspect the site where rockets had fallen in Damascus' eastern Ghouta suburb during an investigation into a suspected chemical weapons strike near the capital. (AFP PHOTO /AMMAR AL-ARBINI)
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An Israeli radio station said Monday that Israel had evidence that supported Syrian opposition accusations that forces loyal to President Bashar Assad had used non-lethal chemical weapons in Damascus last month.The report on Israel Radio quoted an unidentified senior Israeli defense official as saying there were two attacks on March 27, using a "neutralizing chemical weapon," east of Damascus and at another location.There has been sporadic fighting between rebels and government forces in Jobar this year.The Ghouta attack sparked global outrage and a U.S. threat of military strikes, which was dropped after Assad pledged to destroy his chemical weapons.But the Syrian government failed to meet the Feb. 5 deadline by which it had agreed to transport all of its declared chemical substances and precursors – some 1,300 tons – out of the country.
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