Terrorists in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib are planning a chemical attack against the civilians, a source in the Syrian Foreign Minister told the Syrian Arab News Agency on September 23.
“Terrorists of the so-called Tahrir al-Sham, in coordination with the White Helmets group, and with support of their western masters, have brought 2 tons of chemical substances and stored them in a town to the south of Idlib as they are planning, in cooperation with the Turkish intelligence, to carry out a play using chemical weapons against civilians in Idlib to accuse the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) of the act,” the source said.
The unnamed source warned that Damascus will hold the terrorists’ backers, “the U.S., France, Germany, Netherlands and Turkey,” responsible for any chemical attack on civilians in Greater Idlib.
The aim of the new plot is to provoke a military strike by the U.S. and its allies against the SAA. Two such strikes were carried out in 2017 and 2018.
The Syrian source affirmed that the SAA doesn’t own chemical weapons. The army destroyed its chemical arsenal and production facilities in 2013 under an agreement brokered by Russia. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons oversaw the execution of the agreement.
In the last two weeks, Russia warned twice that the terrorists are plotting a chemical attack in Greater Idlib. Damascus warning today further confirms this information.
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