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Army Seizes Chemical Weapons from Terrorists in Southern Hama

4 November 2016 6:53

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The Syrian army forces captured a number of terrorists during operations in a farm in Southern Hama, seizing weapons and ammunition containing toxic gases, a military source said on Thursday.

The source disclosed that the toxic gas containers seized from the terrorists included also a supply of aluminium, but declined to reveal any further details, including the affiliation of the terrorists.

Northern Hama is the scene of heavy clashes between the Syrian army and terrorists from nearly a dozen groups that mostly operate under Jeish al-Fatah coalition. The umbrella group is mainly comprised of al-Nusra Front (Fatah Al-Sham) terrorists as its backbone.

Other reports from Southern Hama also said that the Syrian fighter jets pounded Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group’s positions in Hor Benafseh town which killed and wounded dozens of terrorists and smashed their military equipment and weapons.

Meantime, a military source in Northern Hama said that the army units, backed by the air force, attacked Jeish al-Fatah terrorists’ positions in Taybat al-Imam, al-Buwaizeh, Tabarat al-Dabieh, Tal Huwair, al-Masaseneh, al-Zalaqiyat, Hasraya, Tal al-Mantar and Mourek which killed a large number of militants and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.

A senior Syrian army commander disclosed on Tuesday that the terrorists have launched chemical attacks on the civilians in Aleppo with the US permission.

“After the terrorists failed in the Great Epic Operation (Aleppo battle), the US allowed them to use toxic gases against the civilians,” Mohannad Haaj, a member of the Syrian parliament and commander of al-Mahavir Battalion of the Syrian army, said.

Jeish al-Fatah coalition of terrorist groups launched chemical attack on residential areas under the control of the government troops in Aleppo city on Saturday, inflicting casualties on the civilian population in the region.

According to medical sources, Jeish al-Fatah fired chemically armed shells at government positions and residential areas in the Assad Military-Engineering Academy and 3,000-unit Housing Complex near the academy in Southwestern Aleppo city three times in the last several hours, leaving at least a civilian dead and 36 more vitally wounded.

“Heavy attacks of the militants have blocked ways to transfer the poisoned and injured civilians to medical centers,” the medics said.

“Based on evidence and the symptoms reported about the affected population, Jeish al-Fatah has used Chlorine in its chemical attacks this morning,” the medical sources underlined.

Late in September, the Russian Defense Ministry said that it had received information that terrorists were planning chemical attacks against the Syrian army and residential areas in Aleppo.

“It became known that terrorist groups are preparing provocative attacks by chemical weapons on Syrian army’s positions and residential areas in the East part of Aleppo to accuse government forces of the attacks,” said Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, the first deputy chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff.

The cessation of hostilities in Syria was undermined by militant groups that increased their activities, he added.

Also, late September, Syria’s Envoy to the UN Bashar Al-Jafari confirmed earlier warnings that the terrorist groups plan to launch a chemical attack on the civilian population in Aleppo under a false-flag operation in coming days.

“Militants from Ahrar Al-Sham, a hardline Islamist group, are planning to use white phosphorus in an attack on civilians to later blame it on the Syrian armed forces,” al-Jafari said, addressing a UN Security Council emergency meeting in New York.

“I have information that Ahrar Al-Sham terrorists intend to mount attacks on civilian population using white phosphorus for the sake of fabricating accusations against the Syrian state and its army,” he added.

Al-Jafari pointed to the suspicious activity by American experts who he reiterated had visited one of the chemical munitions depots in the terrorist-held town of Saraqib in the Northwestern Idlib province, and said, “Upon examining the site, the experts departed Syria for Turkey.”

He voiced his astonishment over lodging “fabricated allegations” by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon about violation of ceasefire by the Syrian government, and said, “They were the terrorists who repeatedly violated the ceasefire while UN secretary general accuses Damascus of not remaining committed to it.”

Al-Jafari said that the terrorists plan to disguise in Syrian army uniforms as they deploy the banned substance to falsify the evidence and make their claims sound more credible.

“The imposters are going to put on Syrian army uniforms and film the whole incident on camera. He did not elaborate on the source of the intelligence,” he added.

He reiterated that Syria has been acting in full compliance with the UN Charter and international law on warfare.

“We condemn the statements of several UN representatives that we are using banned weapons or targeting the civilian population,” he said while referring to the fact that the UN, at the same time, is turning a blind eye to the use of chemical weapons by the terrorists.

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