Syria’s al-Watan daily quoted local sources as reporting that more than 40 children were kidnapped in different regions across Idlib and Aleppo provinces.
It further said that clues show Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) was in the abductions, adding that most of the children were taken away from the small towns of al-Zarabah and Khan Touman in Southern Aleppo, Khan al-Asal, Tarmanin and al-Artan in Western Aleppo and the refugee camps in Qah and Atmah in Northwestern Idlib at the border with Turkey as well as the small towns of Basamas, Jozeph, Mar’ayan and al-Ramin in Jabal al-Zawiyeh in Southern Idlib that are among Tahrir al-Sham’s most crucial strongholds.
The daily further pointed to the movements and preparations made Tahrir al-Sham and the White Helmets to stage a chemical attack in Idlib and relevant warnings by Russia, and warned that the kidnapped children are most likely to play role in the fake chemical operation.
The daily went on to say that Tahrir al-Sham has recently captured over 1,000 civilians in villages and towns in Western and Southern Idlib, accusing them of promoting peace plan with Damascus, adding that Tahrir al-Sham also seems to plan to use the captured civilians in the same fake chemical attack.
Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at and the pro-militant White Helmets Organization are planning to carry out a fake chemical attack in Northern Hama to later accuse the Syrian Army of the incident ahead of the government forces’ upcoming operation, a media outlet said.
The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted well-informed sources as disclosing that the White Helmets transferred a consignment of chemicals from chlorine-producing company in Atmah at border with Turkey to Northern Hama on Sunday night.
It further said that the chemical consignment that was hidden in five trucks for carrying sands was transferred from Northern Idlib to Northern Hama under tight security measures.
The sources told Sputnik that a false-flag chemical attack will be possibly carried out following movements by Tahrir al-Sham and the White Helmets to pave the ground for the US’ aggression on Syria.
In the meantime, the Russian Defense Ministry warned that militants in Idlib may be preparing to stage a chemical weapons attack against the local civilian population and thus create a pretext for a US strike.
The Admiral Grigorovich and the Admiral Essen, two frigates of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, are heading to the Mediterranean Sea in order to bolster Russia’s military presence in the region, according to a statement issued by the Russian Defense Ministry, Sputnik reported.
While en route to their final destination, the two vessels reportedly conducted a series of naval exercises, including the detection and tracking of a simulated enemy submersible target.
This development occurred as the Russian Defense Ministry accused the United States, the United Kingdom and France of preparing to carry out new strikes against Syria under the pretext of the Syrian government forces using chemical weapons.
As ministry Spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov explained, militants in Idlib province are preparing to stage a false flag chemical weapon attack against civilians in order to blame Damascus, while the United States stands ready to launch a punitive strike against Syria as soon as the necessary pretext becomes available.
“This provocation with the active participation of the British special services will serve as another pretext for the US, UK and France to conduct a missile strike on the Syrian government and infrastructure,” Konashenkov claimed.
Earlier, US National Security Adviser John Bolton also reportedly warned Russian Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev that Washington is prepared to take forceful military action against Syria if Damascus uses chemical weapons, stressing that America is prepared to respond with greater force than before.
The US, UK, and France coordinated a massive airstrike on Syria in April 2018 after the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma had been reported by the controversial NGO “White Helmets”, which has repeatedly been caught staging false flag attacks.
In July, however, OPCW experts announced that they had found traces of organic substances containing chlorine, reportedly used in the attack in Douma. Yet there was no evidence that nerve agents had been used in the attack.
An Arab media outlet reported on Monday that terrorists of al-Turkistani Islamic Party have intensified their movements in Northwestern Syria after the Russian Defense Ministry warned of the terrorists’ plot to launch a false flag chemical attack near the town of Kafr Zita in Northern Hama.
The Arabic-language Al-Mayadeen TV Channel reported that al-Turkistan terrorists have started evacuating civilians from the town of Kafr Zita in Northern Hama.
The Al-Turkistani has also resettled its non-Syrian fighters in the town, reinvigorating speculations that the terrorist group is preparing for a false-flag chemical gas attack to provide an excuse for the US and its western allies to bomb Syria once again before the start of the Idlib Operation by Damascus troops.
Also, Russian sources were quoted on Monday by a media outlet as disclosing that Ankara has called on Damascus to delay military operation against terrorist groups in Idlib province.
The Arabic Sputnik quoted a Russian military source as disclosing that Turkish officials have called on their Syrian counterparts via Russian channels to delay military operation in Idlib until September 4.
It further said that Ankara is trying hard to dissolve Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at, adding that Russia has informed the Syrian government of the Turkish officials’ commitment to the dissolution of Tahrir al-Sham and other militant groups or a reconciliation deal between the terrorists and Damascus.
The report further said that the Syrian Army has continued dispatching more forces and equipment to Idlib, Hama and Northeastern Lattakia in spite of Turkey’s attempts to delay the upcoming operation.
In the meantime, militant-affiliated sources reported that Tahrir al-Sham and the National Liberation Front, which was recently formed by Turkey, held several meetings to form a joint operation room to counter the Syrian Army’s major operation in Idlib.
The sources said that the operation room that aims to include the entire militant groups in Northern Syria has reinvigorated its defense capabilities in Lattakia, Hama, Idlib and Aleppo.
Al-Watan reported that terrorist groups captured a number of civilians as they were preparing to evacuate militant-held regions in Idlib province before the start of the Syrian Army preparation in Northwestern Syria.
Al-Watan reported that terrorist groups captured three families, including women and children, after they intended to leave terrorist-held regions for safe regions via Abu al-Dhohour corridor, adding that the terrorists transferred the kidnapped civilians to an unknown location.
It went on to say that a large number of civilians have called for evacuation from terrorist-held regions in Idlib, adding that the terrorists have threatened to prevent civilians’ exit by any means.
The daily further said that the army has sent more troops to Idlib and Hama, adding that the army has sent over 800 soldiers from the town of al-Saqilabiyeh in Hama to Jourin base.
The army has also deployed a large number of tanks, cannon, missile launchers and fresh forces near the town of al-Jeed in Northwestern Hama.
The AMN reported that rebel fighters who had reconciled with the Syrian government are joining the Syrian Forces heading to Idlib to fight terrorist groups, a media outlet reported.
Up to 500 former rebels from the towns of Inkhil, Nawa and Herak in Dara’a province became recruits in the Syrian Army’s 5th Corps, and recently arrived at Hama in bid to join efforts with other Army units in launching a full-scale offensive against jihadi militants, it reported.
Earlier, scores of former anti-government fighters participated along with the government troops in fight against ISIL in Yarmouk Basin region, West of Dara’a.
The Army artillery units shelled heavily the positions and movements of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib on Monday, destroying a main base of the terrorists.
The artillery and missile units pounded the strongholds of Tahrir al-Sham and its allied militants in the village of al-Zakat in Northern Hama, destroying completely a base of Kata’eb al-Izzah that left the entire militants in the base dead.
In the meantime, other artillery and missile units struck Tahrir al-Sham’s positions in the towns of al-Tamanna and al-Khowen in Southern Idlib, inflicting heavy casualties on the terrorists and damaging their military hardware in large scale.
The Syrian Army troops continued storming ISIL’s strongholds in the Eastern deserts of Sweida, tightening noose on the terrorists after destroying a main base in Toloul al-Safa on Monday.
The army units engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in the rocks in Tal Abu Qanem region in Toloul al-Safa in the Eastern desert of Sweida, inflicting heavy casualties on them.
In the meantime, the army’s artillery and missile units and aircraft pounded ISIL’s positions and movements in the rocky areas in Toloul al-Safa.
Other units of the army attacked ISIL’s defense lines near Khirbet al-Hawi in Toloul al-Safa, damaging a main base and a military vehicle and killing a number of terrorists.
A field sources reported that the army has reinvigorated its positions all around Toloul al-Safa, and tightened the noose on the terrorists, adding that the army units have, thus far, repelled several offensives of the ISIL aimed at breaking government forces’ siege on Toloul al-Safa.