On April 5 noon, a series of large explosions rocked the town of al-Kastan in the southwestern part of Syria’s Greater Idlib.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), an ammo depot hidden in a civilian building in the town’s center was the source of the explosions. The depot was reportedly run by a local arms dealer known as Abu Rida al-Susi.
The explosions injured eight people, including three members of the White Helmets organization. One of the wounded is in a critical condition.
A local director of the White Helmets told Enab Baladi, a pro-opposition outlet, that the source of the explosion is still “unknown.” The statement is a clear attempt to cover up criminal activities in Greater Idlib.
Al-Kastan is located in the countryside of Jisr al-Shughur city. Earlier today, the Turkish military established three new posts in the region.
Jisr al-Shughur city and its countryside are under the control of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP). Most activities in that region, including arms trafficking, are coordinated or even directly controlled by these terrorist groups.