Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon speaks during a joint press conference with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel following a meeting Thursday at The Kirya, the Israeli Defense Force headquarters, in Tel Aviv. (Mandel Ngan / AFP via Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Israel’s defense chief says Syrian armed forces have continued to use poison gases against civilians.
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (MOH’-shuh YAH’-uh-lohn) was asked at a news conference Thursday about reports of a recent chlorine gas attack in Syria.
He says, quote, “we still see it now,” and specifically mentions chlorine.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel isn’t commenting on Syria’s alleged use of poison gases. Hagel is in Israel for talks aimed at reassuring officials of the U.S. commitment to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, amid nuclear negotiations with Iran this week in Vienna.
Hagel is also observing preparations for a US-Israeli missile defense exercise.