New staged chemical attack could be imminent in Syria
Groups of islamic combatants and the White Helmets group in Syria have transported poisonous materials from the city of Jisr al-Shughur to the settlement of Khirbat al Amud, both located in the rebel-held province of Idlib, regional media reported on Thursday, October 25. According to Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV, it is unclear what kind of poisonous substance had been relocated.
In late September, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin said that militants as well as White Helmets continued their preparations for plotting chemical attacks to discredit the Syrian government’s troops.
Both Damascus and Moscow blamed militants and White Helmets for staging several provocations involving chemical weapons to influence public opinion and justify foreign intervention in Syria.
“Late on October 9 a group of Daesh-linked terrorists attacked the headquarters of Hayat Tahrir ash-Sham terrorist organization (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra) near Al-Latmana village,” the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria says in captions attached to the video.
According to the website of the Russian tabloid newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda (kp.ru), the attackers took two barrels with chlorine after killing four militants and two members of the White Helmets organization.
On April 14. 2018, beginning at 04:00 Syrian time (UTC+3), the United States, France, and the United Kingdom carried out a series of military strikes involving aircraft and ship-based missiles against multiple government sites in Syria. They said it was in response to the Douma chemical attack against civilians on April 7., which they attributed to the Syrian government. The Syrian government denied involvement in the Douma attacks and called the airstrikes a violation of international law.