Sharon: Iraq May Be Transferring Weapons

Sharon said that Israel has information that "weapons he (Saddam Hussein) wanted to hide, chemical weapons, biological weapons, were indeed transferred to Syria."

He said that the information has not been fully verified. "We have some information to that effect. We are now working to confirm the information," he told Israel TV's Channel 2 in an excerpt of a program broadcast on the nightly news.

In the excerpt, Sharon did not indicate where the information came from or what form it took.

Israel has been preparing for the possibility of Iraqi retaliation in case of a U.S.-led assault against Iraq. During the 1991 Gulf War, Iraq fired 39 Scud missiles at Israel, causing considerable damage but few casualties.

Israel has vaccinated emergency and rescue workers against smallpox, concerned that Iraq might use the disease in a biological attack. Almost every day, the military's Home Front Command carries out widely publicized drills to practice dealing with missile attacks of various kinds.