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Former Syrian official says Assad will not hesitate to use chemical weapons if cornered

July 17, 2012 - Damascus (Syria)

Former Syrian Ambassador to Iraq, Nawaf Fares, is reported to have said that Syrian President Bashar Assad will not hesitate to use chemical weapons if he is cornered. Many media sources citing reference to an interview to BBC reported that Fares claimed Assad's regime is collaborating with al-Qaida.

Fares says unconfirmed reports that chemical weapons might already been used. Pointing to the bombings in Syria, he said they might have been done in collaboration with al-Qaida.

"Several months have passed and... the regime hasn't implemented a single article of (Kofi Annan's) plan", he said.

Russia and China have blocked two previous UN resolutions that condemned President Assad's government for the continuing violence. Russia has blamed the west of blackmailing so as to use force in Syria. Annan and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a round of talks and Annan later is likely to meet Russian President Putin.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Syria is in a civil war. Syrian rebel forces gained momentum in several parts recently. Kofi Annan gave a six-point peace plan but it seems it is not working and the Syrian Government is saying it is not using heavy weapons.

It was like a battlefield yesterday in the Hajar al-Aswad neighbourhood and a bus bomb blast injured several people in Damascus, the capital city of Syria.

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