The UK Government has published its findings concerning the use of chemical weapons in Damascus by President Bashar al Assad .
In a letter sent to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, committee head Jon Day also wrote that they believe Assad used chemical weapons on 14 occasions since 2012.
The team says that the rebels do not have the capability to deploy chemical weapons,It also has “some intelligence to suggest regime culpability in this attack”, It therefore concludes that it is “highly likely” that Assad was behind it.
The Government has also published its legal advice for intervention. It states that “the legal basis for military action would be humanitarian intervention; the aim is to relieve humanitarian suffering by deterring or disrupting the further use of chemical weapons.” It defines its mission as “to strike specific targets with the aim of deterring and disrupting further such attacks”.
On Thursday still,Minister for Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz said that chemical weapons were used in the previous day’s attack in Syria that left hundreds, and according to some reports thousands, dead in the eastern suburbs of Damascus.
“According to our intelligence assessments, chemical weapons were used [in the previous day's attack], and of course not for the first time,” Steinitz told Israel Radio.
Steinitz appeared to be blaming Syrian President Bashar Assad, calling his regime “exceptionally cruel.”