Militants preparing provocation with chemical weapons to halt Syrian army advance – Russian MoD

Militants from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham former Nusra front terrorist group are preparing a provocation in Idlib to accuse Russian military of using chemical weapons against civilians. the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides said on Friday.

“According to residents of the Saraqib town, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants are preparing a provocation with the use of toxic chemicals and debris of Russian aviation’s ordnance delivered from other Syrian regions. The aim of the provocation is to accuse Russian military of using chemical weapons against civilians in Idlib,” the Russian reconciliation center said.

Militants plan to film the staged attack to distribute it on social media and in Western media, the Russian center added. “The information received by the Russian reconciliation center from residents of Saraqib was also confirmed by another independent source,” the center noted.

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