Syrian President Bashar Assad’s missile stockpile has dropped by half, and the unrest in the war-torn country is expected to linger for some time to come, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Sunday.

 “Assad is now dismantling his chemical weapons arsenal against his will,” Ya’alon said at an event in Tel Aviv University. “He has been weakened, he fires missiles at his own citizens, and the number of missiles, including Scuds, has dropped to half.”

“He has been weakened, he fires missiles at his own citizens, and the number of missiles, including Scuds, has dropped to half.”