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Terrorists Use Chemical Weapons against Civilians in Aleppo Again

4 November 2016 14:41

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Terrorist groups in the Syrian city of Aleppo reportedly used chemically armed weapons against the civilian population in the flashpoint city, local media reports said on Thursday.

Syrian state news agency, SANA, cited a medical source in Aleppo’s General Hospital saying that since the attacks by terrorists on Menyan district in Western Aleppo early Thursday at least eight chemically wounded people with suffocation symptoms have been brought to the hospital.

Five people were killed on Thursday and scores were injured in attacks by terrorists with chemically-armed shells and mortar rounds on government-held neighborhoods in Western Aleppo.

According to local reports, terrorists targeted the neighborhoods of Halab al-Jadida, al-Moukambou, al-Masharqa and the surrounding streets of the Literature Faculty in al-Furqan neighborhood with shells and explosive bullets, killing five people and injuring 46 others including an Al-Alam TV cameraman.

This is not the first time that terrorists in Aleppo used toxic gases against the civilians as a senior Syrian army commander, earlier this week, reported that the terrorists have launched chemical attacks on the civilians in Aleppo.

The commander, Mohannad Haaj, of al-Mahavir Battalion in the Syrian army said on Tuesday that the deployment of toxic gas in Aleppo has the US green light adding that After the terrorists failed “in the Great Epic Operation (Aleppo battle), the US allowed them to use toxic gases against the civilians”.

Noting that the terrorists have failed in all their attempts, he said, “The so-called Great Epic Operation of terrorists has scandalously failed since the Syrian army’s strategy is to allow the terrorists to enter a region first and then surround and annihilate them all.”

Meantime, military sources revealed earlier on Thursday that the Syrian army forces had captured a number of terrorists during operations in a farm in Southern Hama, and seized weapons and ammunition containing toxic gases from them.

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.

Back in September, Syria’s Envoy to the UN Bashar Al-Jafari warned that the terrorist groups were planning to launch a chemical attack on the civilian population in Aleppo under a false-flag operation in near future.

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

“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.

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.”

White phosphorus is an extremely poisonous toxic agent able to inflict severe burn injuries and is banned from use in civilian areas, according to international law.

It is only legitimate to deploy the chemical to create a smokescreen, make signals, or markings for friendly troops. The US has repeatedly used this loophole to use white phosphorus during Middle Eastern campaigns while claiming the indiscriminate weapon is only used as a smokescreen for advancing troops.

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