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Obama issues chemical weapon warning to Assad

Barack Obama has warned Syria against the use of chemical weapons. Photo: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

US President Barack Obama has said the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would be held accountable if chemical weapons had been used in his country.

Obama, on a three-day visit to Israel, said the US was still investigating whether the weapons had been used.

ITV News Middle East Correspondent John May reports:

Speaking at a joint news conference in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he said:

We have been clear that the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people would be a serious and tragic mistake.

The Assad regime must understand that they will be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons or their transfer to terrorists.

– Barack Obama

Earlier, Obama, who arrived in Tel Aviv today to start a three-day tour, said the US has an "unwavering commitment" to Israel's security.

Obama's day got off to a sticky start as his car, famed for its apparent robustness, broke down after a driver reportedly filled the famous vehicle with diesel instead of petrol.

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