White Helmets Coordinating with al-Nusra to Stage Chemical Attack in Idleb

https://i2.wp.com/off-guardian.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/white-helmet-infographic-2.jpg?ssl=122 August، 2018
Idleb, SANA

The so-called White Helmets are coordinating with terrorist groups, particularly Jabhat al-Nusra terror organization, to stage a chemical attack in Idleb province and accuse the Syrian Arab Army of using chemical weapons.

Media reports say that the past few days have witnessed an unusual activity by the White Helmets members as information is being reported about terrorists preparing to carry out a chemical attack in the areas between Jisr al-Shughour and the northeastern countryside of Lattakia province with the aim of accusing the army of this attack.

Sources from Idleb told Russia’s Sputnik news agency that White Helmets members used 8 vans to transport a shipment of barrels from Atma factory near the Turkish borders which specializes in recycling chlorine, moving from Idleb’s northern countryside through Ariha until they reached Jisr al-Shughour area, all under heavy protection formal-Nusra terrorists, all while calls have been made to “reserve members” of the White Helmets in several areas instructing them to report for work.

Sources say that Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Idleb have been recently active in transporting shipments of chemicals to the “Turkistani Islamic Party” terrorists amidst strict security procedures in order to prepare for staging a new chemical incident.

Local sources said that in August 11th, al-Nusra terrorists transported two trucks full of barrels from a factory for recycling chlorine near Atma town to Ariha town, handing them over to the Turkistani Islamic Party terrorists who took them to their headquarters that were set up by the Turkish authorities in Jisr al-Shughour area.

The sources say the factory in question contains barrels of chlorine and other chemicals, and a number of foreign technicians are working at it under the directions of al-Nusra terrorists, adding that closed vehicles transport barrels to the factory at night on weekly basis and later more barrels are transported from the factory to an unknown location.

Yesterday, The US, Britain, and France issued a joint statement expressing “concerns” over a military attack on Idleb and threatening to respond to any use of chemical weapons, which implies that these states are planning to stage another chemical incident and exploit it as an excuse to attack Syria, just like what happened on April 14th.

Hazem Sabbagh

Chemical weapons attack in Syria: US, UK and France joint statement

Statement by the United States, the United Kingdom and France on the fifth anniversary of the chemical weapons attack in Ghouta, Syria.

US, UK and France statement:

On the fifth anniversary of the horrific Ghouta Sarin attack, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France reiterate their condemnation of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.

Since 2012, the regime has resorted to the use of chemical weapons during military offensives, not only in Ghouta but also in Khan Sheikhoun, Ltamenah, Saraqib, and Douma, killing and injuring thousands of people.

As Permanent Members of the Security Council, we reaffirm our shared resolve to preventing the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, and for holding them accountable for any such use.

Our position on the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons is unchanged. As we have demonstrated, we will respond appropriately to any further use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, which has had such devastating humanitarian consequences for the Syrian population.

We welcome the establishment of attribution arrangements at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in accordance with its authority under the Chemical Weapons Convention, as confirmed by the decision of the Conference of States Parties.

The establishment of these arrangements will help ensure that the perpetrators of chemical weapons use in Syria cannot escape identification. We welcome the launch of the International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons on 23 January 2018, and call on all countries committed to fight impunity to join the International Partnership. We remain committed to securing justice for victims of chemical weapons use.

Furthermore, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France are gravely concerned over reports of a military offensive by the Syrian regime against civilians and civilian infrastructure in Idlib, and the resulting humanitarian consequences. We also underline our concern at the potential for further – and illegal – use of chemical weapons.

We urge supporters of the Assad regime to use their influence to uphold the global norm against chemical weapons use. We implore those countries to recognize that the unchecked use of chemical weapons by any state presents an unacceptable security threat to all states. We urge the international community to support our collective efforts to end Syria’s use of chemical weapons. And we remain resolved to act if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons again.