On November 25, the Ministry of Defense of Russia announced that warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces had carried out airstrikes on positions of militants who attacked the northern Syrian city of Aleppo with chemical weapons a day earlier.
According to the Russian MoD, intelligence services located the weapons that were used to launch the chemical attack within the demilitarized zone, which was established around the governorate of Idlib under the Russian-Turkish deconfliction agreement. Information collected by the Russian intelligence also revealed that the militants were planning to launch another chemical attack on Aleppo.
Syrian opposition sources confirmed that Russian warplanes conducted several airstrikes on the districts of Rashideen and Khan Tuman northwest of Aleppo. Both districts are controlled by the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL).
More than one hundred civilians, including children, were reportedly intoxicated as a result of the chemical attack on Aleppo. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said that the attack was carried out with rockets containing chlorine gas.
The Russian airstrikes, which are the first since September, will likely deter the militants and force them to respect the deconfliction agreement.