Militants are preparing a new chemical attack in the Ma’aret al-Nu’man area in the Syrian province of Idlib, Interfax news agency reported on Januart 15 citing own sources.
According to the report, militants store toxic chemicals in several warehouses across Idlib province and the far northern part of Lattakia province.
The source stressed that Ajnad al-Caucasus, Jaish al-Izza and the Turkistan Islamic Party [all linked to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham] are preparing for a series of synchronized chemical attacks in the provinces of Lattakia, Idlib, Aleppo and Hama. The militants are reportedly planning to use shells and mortar mines as well as drones loaded with toxic materials.
The same report said that militants have shipped 500 liters of chemicals to the Abu al-Duhour and Helfaya areas in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
The source added that in December 2018, some 30 militants arrived in the Ariha area in Idlib province to make shells loaded with toxic chemicals. These militants reportedly receive assistance from foreign intelligence agencies. The very same militants were reportedly tasked with carrying out chemical attacks against civilians. These pre-planned incidents will be then used to accuse the Syrian Army of using chemical weapons.