Sunday Times : 'Israeli special forces tracking chemical weapons inside Syria'
According to Sunday Times, troops on the ground to monitor Syria’s non-conventional armaments and sabotage their development • U.N. to reinforce units stationed on Golan Heights after Syrian rebels reportedly capture large areas near Israeli border.
Israel is keeping a close eye on developments in Syria amid reports that President Bashar Assad's regime or the rebels fighting him are on the verge of using chemical weapons. The Sunday Times reported that Israeli special forces were operating in Syria to track the regime’s stocks of chemical and biological weapons. The operation is part of a "secret war" to monitor Syria’s non-conventional armaments and sabotage their development, the British publication stated.
“For years we’ve known the exact location of Syria’s chemical and biological munitions,” an Israeli source told the Sunday Times, referring to the country’s spy satellites and drones. “But in the past week we’ve got signs that munitions have been moved to new locations.”
Meanwhile, rebel forces released a video on Saturday claiming to show victims of a chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Assad regime. Several men and an elderly woman were shown in a makeshift hospital with bandages covering their damaged faces. As of Sunday afternoon the video's authenticity or the veracity of the rebels' claims had yet to be confirmed by any outside or third-party source.
The rebels also said over the weekend that they have succeeded in capturing most of the territory in Syria that borders Israel, and the United Nations said it planned to reinforce its units stationed on the Golan Heights as a result. The U.N. is concerned about the violence spilling into Israel, as well as other extreme developments that could ignite the region.
No official Israeli representative, however, has thus far said whether any order has been given to reinforce Israel Defense Forces positions along the Syrian line.