Ban Demands Syria State it Won´t Use Chemical Weapons (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 07/28/12)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said he
was “deeply” concerned about reports of the possible use of chemical
weapons by Syria, and demanded the government state it would not use
them “under any circumstances.”
“I remain deeply concerned about the reports of the possible use of
chemical weapons,” Ban was quoted by Reuters as having told
reporters, citing one report in which Syria said it would use such
weapons if it was attacked by foreign powers.
“I demand .... that the Syrian authorities categorically state that
they will not use chemical or other weapons of mass destruction under
any circumstances,” he added, speaking at a joint news conference in
London with British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
Both Hague and Ban expressed deep concern about escalating violence
in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which is under a major assault by
“I also want them to know in the Assad regime that the more they do
this sort of thing, the more we will increase the practical support
we give to the opposition movements in Syria,” Hague said, referring
to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Meanwhile, Reuters reported on Friday that rebels have detained
scores of Syrian officers, soldiers and pro-government militiamen
this week in Idlib province and in the city of Aleppo, where a major
battle is anticipated.
A video posted on YouTube showed rebels with Kalashnikovs in Aleppo
from "The Tawheed (monotheism) Brigade" guarding the detainees who
were lined up in four groups on a school playground. An off-camera
voice said they had been detained in Aleppo, Syria´s biggest city.
Some of the detainees´ faces were covered with bruises and showed
signs of swelling around their eyes and when they spoke their voices
One said he was a colonel, another a major and several identified
themselves as shabbiha, a term used by opposition to describe
militiamen who are loyal to Assad and are fighting alongside his
At the end of the video, a rebel voice said: "The Free Army will
terminate all the shabbiha.” A rebel from the group told Reuters that
the detainees were safe and have been moved to an unidentified site
in the countryside around Aleppo, which is a rebel stronghold.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2011 07/28/12)
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