Idlib Militants Deliver Chlorine Canisters To Bsanqul Village, Prepare To Stage Chemical Attack: Russian Military

South Front — Sept 17, 2018

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Idlib militants have delivere cansiters with Chlorine to the village of Bsanqul, where they are preparing to stage a chemical attack, the Russian Defense Ministry says.

On September 15, a spokesman of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, Lieutenant General Vladimir Savchenko said that the chlorine-filled canisters were delivered by members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian bracnh of al-Qaeda).

Lieutenant General Savchenko said that the recent developments showed that militants are preparing a false flag attack, which will be used to accuse the Syrian government of using chemical weapons in Idlib.

This warning followed a September 12 statement by the Russian Defense Ministry in which it said that the White Helmets group has shot videos intended to be employed to accuse the Syrian government of accusing the Damascus government of the chemical weapons usage.

Earlier, the Russia military said toxic chemicals had been delivered to the militant-held part of Idlib province adding that the White Helmets had carried out the delivery.