16:19 17 July 2012
A senior Syrian politician has revealed that the regime "will use" chemical weapons against their enemies if "backed into a corner".
The news comes from Nawaf Fares, ex-ambassador to Iraq, who defected. He told the BBC that unconfirmed reports indicate that weapons of this class had already been used.
Fares also said that major bombings across Syria had been created by the regime in collaboration with al-Qaeda forces.
When asked if he thought President Assad would use its stockpile of chemical weapons, Fares told the BBC that if "wounded wolf and cornered" Assad was to be removed it would only be "by force".
“There is information, unconfirmed information of course, that chemical weapons have been used partially in the city of Homs,” he said.
“It doesn’t occur to any Syrian, not only me, that Bashar al-Assad will let go of power through political interventions... He will be ousted only by force"
He added: “al-Qaeda is searching for space to move and means of support, the regime is looking for ways to terrorise the Syrian people.”
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan is expected to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Syrian crisis - a move which Fares quickly dismissed as "impossible" highlighting that "Several months have passed and... the regime hasn’t implemented a single article of (Kofi Annan’s) plan."
Meanwhile residents of Damascus have ran from the Syrian capital as the heaviest fighting since the uprising began was reported.
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