Terrorists Preparing Chemical Weapons Provocations

Despite the ceasefire regime being established throughout the country, there are still cases of ceasefire regime violation by illegal armed formations in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Over the past day insurgents attacked Tell Bizam in Hama province and Furkan district of Aleppo city.

As a result of the shelling by an armed gang of the residential Furkan quarter of Aleppo city, a girl born in 1993 died and a woman born in 1974 was wounded. The victim was taken to the hospital Khaleb al-Akhli of Aleppo city for medical care.

Militants of armed groups do not abandon their attempts to destabilize the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone. The Russian Center for Reconciliation received information from the residents of the Aleppo province that militants of illegal armed formations are preparing for new provocations with the use of chemical agents aimed at accusing the government forces of using chemical weapons against civilians.

For its implementation, a few dozen members of the White Helmets organization arrived in the settlements of Azaz, Marea and Chobanbey of the ALEPPO province. Earlier, containers with poisonous substances, presumably with chlorine, were delivered to closed settlements from the city of Jisr al-Shughur of the Idlib province in trucks.

Currently, the members of the White Helmets organization are conducting filming with the participation of civilians unknown to local residents.

According to the information coming to the Russian Center for Reconciliation on the contact line in the area of the Marea settlement, the militants will provoke a return fire from the Syrian army. Then, on the territory controlled by illegal armed groups, artillery shooting with poisonous substances, allegedly produced by the units of the armed forces of the Syrian Arab Republic, will be staged. After this, the world will again be presented with the next victims of the use of “chemical weapons” by government forces. It is possible that at the same time, the militants will attempt to occupy the settlement of Tall Rifat, which separates their positions between Azaz and Afrin settlements.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides closely monitors the situation in the area and will inform the public in a timely manner about further developments. The Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides urges leaders of illegal armed formations operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone to cease hostilities and move towards peaceful settlement of the situation in areas they occupy.