المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

The Russians and the regime escalate their lies about the “chemical weapons” concentrating more on areas of presence the “immigrant fighters” in Idlib Province

Fears still increase of a chemical attack that may be carried out by the regime forces and their allies in Idlib province in the coming days or weeks; among the population of the factions’ controlled areas in Idlib Province and its surroundings, and as the Russian military authorities fabricate lies and continually airing them through their media, to warn of a chemical attack by parties that oppose the regime after “transporting chemicals to Idlib”, sources of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights suggested that the Russians and the regime may plan to target areas that include families of Asian, Caucasian and Turkestan nationality fighters in the countryside of Idlib and the areas connected to it from the countryside of Latakia and Sahl al-Ghab, especially as the Russian and regime are focusing on the aforementioned areas which includes families of the above-mentioned fighters, especially since these areas are closed areas and are not allowed to be accessed without the official permission from the leadership of the factions that protect them.

Russia’s fabrication of the justifications about transporting the chlorine as a part of preparations for a chemical attack, comes as a part of its break for its promises within the Syrian territory, whereas the Turkish – Russian truce continues since the 15th of August 2018 with the violations by the regime forces, through artillery, and missile shelling and aerial bombardment which caused casualties and wounded in areas of the truce in the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, and Hama, and although the Russian Force have not been able to control the regime which is under its command; the Russians have been preparing allegations justifying the attack which the regime forces have not stopped preparing for, through bringing vehicles, armored vehicles, equipment and ammunition, and preparing the warplanes, helicopters and airports, and bringing thousands of soldiers and members of their forces and gunmen loyal to them, until they recently transferred the newly recruited people from the Eastern Ghouta, to the frontlines and the combat lines with the rebel and Islamic factions, Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham, and the factions which have majority of non-Syrian fighters, also more than 600 fighters of these factions were transported to these fronts.

Reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the chlorine shipments reported by Russia are shipments that are periodically sent to water purification plants and pumping stations to sterilize water, where an international organization responsible for the drinking water in Idlib province had sent 11 barrels of chlorine in June 2018; to water filtration and pumping stations, also earlier shipments of less than that number were distributed to the stations themselves, and the chlorine for water purification is being imported from Turkey through the road of Bab al-Hawa border crossing, while the stations that are outside this organization’s support are being provided with dry chlorine by the UNICEF, like the stations of Jisr al-Shughur city in the western countryside of Idlib, which follow the water Institution of the National Rescue Government.

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