Russian military officials in Syria have warned that Islamic militants in Idlib Governorate have delivered several barrels of chlorine to the White Helmets and appear to be preparing a new false flag provocation.
On Tuesday, Rear Admiral Alexander Grinkevich, deputy head of the Russian Defence Ministry’s Centre for Syrian Reconciliation, reported in a daily briefing that the centre has obtained evidence that Islamist rebels in Idlib are preparing a new provocation using chlorine in Sfuhon, a village in southern Idlib Governorate.
“The Russian Reconciliation Centre has received information about the preparation by militants of illegal armed groups of another attempt to organize a provocation using poisonous substances in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone to accuse the Syrian government forces of using chemical weapons against civilians,” Grinkevich said. He added that the White Helmets, a group with known links to al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups fighting against the Syrian government, had also arrived in Sfuhon.
Militant rebels in Idlib have attempted to stage an incident with chemicals that can be used to mimic an attack with chemical weapons on numerous occasions. The alleged use of chemical weapons by Syria’s armed forces has been used by Western powers as an excuse to attack the Syrian government on several occasions, either through the imposition of additional international pressure and sanctions or airstrikes. LINK
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