Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 1 / Trend R.Hafizoglu /
Lieutenant-Colonel of the Syrian army Ahmed Kassim (of Turkman origin) who defected to the opposition, said that government forces are preparing to use chemical weapons against the opposition, the Haber Turk newspaper reports.
"In the coming days, the Syrian government will begin to use chemical weapons against the opposition. Currently, many government army units have chemical weapons," Kassim said.
According to UN, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria has exceeded 17,000 people. About 230,000 people became refugees.