Russia Warns of the Danger of a Chemical Weapons Provocation by Jabhat al-Nusra in the Idlib Governorate

Briefing by Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (May 21, 2019)

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.

During the day militants attacked Rwaisat Iskander (twice), Jub-al-Zarur (twice), Nahshebba, Ikko, Quldjok Penar, Mamuhiyah in Latakia province, Huaiz, Hamamiyat, Braididj in Hama province, Binyamin in Aleppo province.

At 5:35 pm on May 21, 2019, militants of illegal armed groups under the leadership of the terrorist of Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham (Jabhat Al-Nusra) attempted to attack the positions of Government Troops in the directions of Khabit – Kafer-Nbuda and Kafer-Zaita – Hamamiyat using tanks.

Currently, Syrian government forces units are fighting to repel a massive terrorist attacks.

The situation in the south of the Idlib de-escalation zone is complicated by the desire of the command of a terrorist group to use fabricated materials about the alleged use of chemical weapons by government forces.

According to the militants captured by the Syrian armed forces, for these purposes a separate group was created within Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham, known as the Chemical Wing. The group is headed by Abu Basir al-Britanni, who comes from the al-Qaeda-related terrorist group Hurras al-Din.

This group includes militants who arrived in the Syrian Arab Republic from European states and citizens of the former Soviet republics.

Chemical Wing of Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham consists of three sections: planning, development and media department.

The development department responsible for the synthesis of poisonous substances is located in the city of Djisr al-Shugur in the building of one of the city medical institutions. In the settlement of Ishtebrak, occupied after the expulsion of local residents by the militants of the Turkistan Islamic Party, there is a dump and a workshop for equipping ammunition with toxic substances.

Also in the Chemical Wing includes a separate medical group, consisting of specialists who have been trained in Raqqa city under the guidance of US intelligence officers to provide medical assistance to victims of chemical poisoning.

The main office of the Chemical Wing, which is involved in planning operations and coordinating staging surveys, is located in Idlib.

The terrorists operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone, have a significant amount of toxic substances, which the militants equip ammunition for the performances of so called use of chemical weapons against the civilian population by the government troops .

Militants plan the implementation of such performance in the settlement of Djardjanaz, as well as in Saraqib city, where a group of refugees and children from the southern provinces of Syria have already been gathered. Similar preparations are underway in the western part of Aleppo province.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides monitors the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone and adjacent areas in order to avoid any attempts by terrorists to use poisonous substances against the civilian population.

Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria obtained information about new provocation prepared in Idlib

At night, May 17, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria obtained the information about a provocation prepared by the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the Idlib governorate.

According to the locals of the Seracab village, al-Nusra terrorists are preparing a provocation with the use of chemical agents and parts of Russian air munitions, delivered from other parts of Syria.

The provocation is aimed at indicting Russian Aerospace Forces for using «chemical weapons» against the civilians in the Idlib governorate.

Simulation of «poisoning» Syrians next to the air munitions parts is to be filmed and distributed in social networks and the Western media.

The information obtained by the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria from the Seracab residents found confirmation via another independent channel.

The Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria continues to monitor the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone and bordering areas.