Unknown Gunmen Steal Tahrir Al-Sham’s Chemical Stockpile in Northwestern Syria
A number of unidentified gunmen attacked a depot of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) in Idlib province and stole their chemical gas cylinders, a Russian media outlet reported on Sunday.
The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted well-informed sources as reporting that a number of unknown assailants stormed an arms depot of Tahrir al-Sham and stole several sarin and chlorine gas cylinders after killing four guards.
It further said that Idlib has been witnessing a growing wave of tensions and infighting among rival terrorist groups in recent months.
The report further said that terrorists of Soqour al-Sham and other allies of Tahrir al-Sham have engaged in fresh tensions, adding that they were forced to relocate their military hardware from the town of Jajanaz East of Ma’arat al-Nu’aman to Jabal al-Zawiyeh in Southern Idlib.
Last week, the Arabic-language website of Russia’s state news agency, Sputnik, quoted the source as reporting that Tahrir al-Sham dispatched six cargoes of Sarin and chlorine gas to the ISIL and Ansar al-Towhid terrorists that have recently been deployed in Northern Hama and Northeastern Lattakia.
It further said that most of the regions, where the ISIL deployed forces in Hama and Lattakia, were among regions where militants should be disarmed based on the Sochi agreement.
The Arabic Sputnik went on to say that the fate of three other chemical cargoes was unknown after a number of members of the pro-militant White Helmets Organization were killed and could not hand over the chemicals to the recipient group in an area between Northeastern Idlib and Aleppo province.
Other news sources recently said that ISIL’s Asian members have merged in Tahrir al-Sham and deployed forces in regions that are under the control of al-Turkistani Islamic Party in western and Southwestern Idlib.
An Arab media outlet reported earlier this month that the pro-militant White Helmets Organization, directed by its foreign supporters, were planning to transfer poisonous materials to new locations in Hama province as terrorist groups were trying to stage a false-flag chemical attack.
The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV channel quoted a well-informed source in Jisr al-Shughour as disclosing that the White Helmets were planning to transfer a large volume of poisonous materials to Qala al-Maziq and Kafr Naboudeh in Northern Hama as requested by their foreign backers.
It went on to say that the terrorists and the White Helmets were planning to make a ten-minute video of a fake chemical attack to send two copies of the video to the United Nations, adding that a meeting which was to be held over the release of the video of the fake chemical attack has been postponed.