A chemical weapons warehouse of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) located near city of al-Atarib in the western Aleppo countryside exploded in the early hours of April 20, according to Sputnik.
“The warehouse, which exploded, is one of the positions where rocket munitions are armed with toxic chemical materials,” a local source told the Russian news agency and noted that a strong odor covered the entire region following the explosion.
Sputnik said that members of the Western-backed White Helmets organization rushed to the explosion site, where they recovered the bodies of at least six people killed in the explosion. Three injured people were transported to nearby hospitals.
The pro-opposition news outlet, El-Dorar, claimed that the warehouse was owned by a local pharmaceutical company known as “al-Khalil.” Abu Munir, the supposed owner of the company, told the outlet that the warehouse contained “baby milk” only.
El-Dorar said that the explosion, which completely destroyed the warehouse, was likely caused by a heavy improvised-explosive device (IED). However, the outlet failed to explain why would anyone booby-trap a “baby milk” warehouse.
Russia has warned on several occasions that HTS, supported by Western intelligence agencies, is preparing toxic materials in order to stage a chemical attack and blame it on the Damascus government. Such a move could provoke another U.S. military strike against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
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