Senior MP: Evidence Shows Chemical Weapons Sent to Terrorists in Aleppo from Turkey
“This is not the first time that the terrorists used toxic gases against the Syrian government forces in different parts of Aleppo,” Syrian MP Fares Juneidan said.
“We have compelling evidence that Chemical weapons have been sent to the terrorists in Aleppo province via Turkish soil,” he added.
The senior lawmaker went on to say that when the terrorists failed to break the siege laid by the Syrian army around them in Eastern Aleppo city, they started using chemical weapons against the Syrian government forces.
Juneidan underlined that accurate information shows the chemical weapons have been sent to the militants from Turkey.
“Everyone knows that the terrorists have chemical weapons and according to the accurate information obtained, the supply of these weapons has started since a year ago,” he added.
He said this is not the first time that the terrorists use toxic gases in their attacks; they have been hitting the Syrian army’s military positions in different parts of Aleppo with chemical weapons for 18 months now.
The lawmaker, meantime, pointed to the situation of the terrorists in the Eastern districts of the city of Aleppo, and said, “The reason why the terrorists refuse to leave Aleppo city’s eastern districts is certainly not fear because the Syrian government has given all possible guarantees to them, but the main reason is that they are taking orders from foreign countries as most of the terrorists in Eastern Aleppo are non-Syrians.”
On Wednesday, Syria’s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry sent two identical letters to the UN Secretary-General and the head of the Security Council on the crimes committed by armed terrorist groups using toxic gases, including chlorine gas, in several areas in Aleppo city, demanding that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) send experts to investigate these crimes.
In the letters, the Ministry said that it has become evident to the Syrian government that the UN and the OPCW pay no attention when terrorist groups use chemical weapons against the Syrian people, and at the same time they cause a ruckus when it comes to baseless allegations accusing the Syrian government of such things.
The Ministry said that terrorist organizations like Fatah al-Sham Front ( formerly known as al-Nusra Front) and their affiliates, which some states label as “moderate opposition”, committed crimes using toxic gases including chlorine in several areas in Aleppo, with the Syrian government announcing on November 13th, 2016 that terrorists in Eastern Aleppo fired mortar shells containing chlorine on al-Nairab area, causing scores of injures, including cases of asphyxiation among 30 military personnel, in addition to injuring innocent civilians, including women and children.
The letters asserted that terrorists fired shells containing toxic gasses on residential neighborhoods in Aleppo more than once, including on October 31st when they targeted al-Hamadanieh neighborhood and al-Assad suburb with toxic gases, causing 48 cases of asphyxiation, while on November 3rd terrorists targeted with toxic gases including chlorine the area of Menyan West of Aleppo, causing 8 cases of asphyxiation.
The Ministry noted that all the people injured in these attacks were rushed to hospitals in Aleppo for treatment, where the doctors said that these victims inhaled toxic materials that include chlorine gas.
The letters noted that the Russian authorities said on Friday that they have verified with incontrovertible proof via tests at the specialized and OPCW-recognized labs that the shells fired by armed groups contained toxic gases, including chlorine.
The Ministry said that the Syria condemns the use of chemical weapons by any side at any place and any time, noting that the toxic gases used by terrorists from ISIL, Fatah al-Sham Front, and other terror organizations in Syria and Iraq and which may be used in other places in the world are provided to these terrorists by certain regimes and governments including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey, something which Syria informed the UN and the OPCW of in several documents.
The letters concluding by reiterating Syria’s demand that the OPCW, as the international organization concerned with this issue, send its experts to Syria to investigate the cases in which terrorists used toxic gasses as per the OPCW’s obligations according to its charter and in compliance with transparency and integrity in investigation, stressing that this issue mustn’t be politicized because hiding or falsifying facts and adopting resolutions under threats and extortion will not protect humanity from the use of WMDs by terrorists.