Employees of the Research Institute for Protective Technologies, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection (WIS) inspect a dummy sample which is contaminated with a substance similar to the chemical weapon Sarin.. (photo credit:REUTERS)
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There have been multiple reports of ISIS using chemical weapons in battle in Syria.
Israel will not refrain from taking action against Islamic State if the terror organization achieves an operational capability with chemical weapons, a senior military official told Channel 10 Wednesday evening.
“If we see Islamic State approach an experimental or operational capability with chemical weapons, Israel will not stand by and watch,” the senior official said, adding “we will take appropriate action in order to thwart such activities.”
The official’s comments came a day after Channel 10 revealed that the defense establishment in Israel believes that the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, an Islamist organization that identifies with ISIS in the southern Golan in Syria, has acquired some of Syrian President Basher Assad’s chemical weapons stockpile.
The senior official also noted that if any terrorist organization in proximity to the Jewish state were to acquire a non-conventional weapon, whether it be Hezbollah, ISIS or Hamas, it would be perceived as crossing a “red line.”
The official did not elaborate on how Israel would respond in such a scenario.