Alexander Grinkevich, deputy chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria, said on Monday that militants are plotting to stage a fake chemical attack against civilian population in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone as a provocation against government forces,
“The Russian Center for Reconciliation has received information that members of the armed factions are preparing for provocations using toxic substances in the southern part of the de-escalation zone in Idlib,” Alexander Grinkevich added
He pointed out that the settlements of Beitarun in the Aleppo governorate and Bdama in the Idlib governorate have been chosen as sites for these provocations, meant to accuse Syria’s government forces of the use of chemical weapons against civilians.
“The Russian Center for Reconciliation calls on the leaders of armed groups to abandon armed provocations and to follow the path of a peaceful settlement of the situation in the areas under their control.”
The staging of chemical attacks which are subsequently blamed on the government of the Syrian Arab Republic is a tried and tested method of propaganda used by the US-backed rebel and terrorist forces in Syria.