The White Helmets “rescue group”, together with the militants affiliated with Al Qaeda are preparing to stage a chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province, the Russian Reconciliation Center said citing a tip from local residents.
White Helmets members, who operate only in territories controlled by anti-Syrian government militants, were noticed arriving at the town of Ma’arat al-Artik, about 11 kilometers northwest of Aleppo.
As per the reconciliation center’s hotline on the evening of February 3rd, they were preparing a “provocation with the use of poisonous agents.”
Russia’s @UN envoy #Nebenzia to #UNSC: Reports about terrorists plotting to organize more provocations and staged chemical incidents in #Syria are alarming. Such staged attacks are used to attain military and political goals. pic.twitter.com/bC8DlknKWi
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) January 30, 2020
Approximately 15 White Helmets were spotted in the town, together with militants from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).
Local residents reportedly said that they had delivered about 400 liters of chemicals to the town.
The Reconciliation Center named the militant commander involved in the plan as Mahi al-Din al-Am, saying it was the same man who helped stage and film the graphic aftermath of the alleged chemical attack at Khan Shaykhun in April 2017.
The center called on the militants to abandon their “criminal plan” and called on Turkey – which recently sent troops into militant-controlled Idlib – to exert “all possible pressure” to prevent a false flag.
There’s been somewhat frequent reports of potential false flag attacks, and there’s been also several attacks that have taken place and have been blamed on the Syrian government, its forces, as well as the Russian forces supporting them.
Following the 2017 Khan Shaykhun incident, the US launched missiles against Syria; another air and missile attack was launched in April 2018, after an attack at Douma near Damascus. There’s been quite a bit of controversy with evidence surfacing constantly proving that the Douma attack was staged, but it generally falls on deaf ears.
In the renewed offensive on the Idlib province’s militant strongholds, the Syrian Arab Army, together with support from the Russian troops are making steady progress and have already liberated dozens of towns from terrorist control.
Turkey has heavily opposed the operation, and has said that it would strike the Syrian Arab Army, a potential false flag attack would provide justification for a Turkish response in Idlib.
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