The Arabic-language al-Manar news channel quoted certain media outlets as reporting that intelligence shows that the White Helmets have distributed masks in Eastern Ghouta for what they call as efforts to protect civilians from chemical gases.
Based on the report, apparently, the White Helmets group, often praised by Western media as courageous rescuers helping civilians caught in a battle zone, is creating a new scenario to raise chemical attack allegations against the Syrian army.
Local sources had warned last Tuesday that the al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at or the Levant Liberation Board) and the White Helmets are coordinating another false-flag operation in Idlib province to later accuse the Syrian government forces of carrying out another chemical attack.
The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria quoted the sources as disclosing that the Al-Nusra has transferred over 20 chlorine gas cylinders to one of the villages in Idlib province.
The sources told the Russian center that Al-Nusra is to carry out provocative measures with the White Helmets’ cooperation to later accuse the Syrian army of a new chemical attack on the militants.
Also, RT quoted the Russian Center as saying that it’s been warned that the Al-Nusra terrorists brought in chlorine containers to a local village, where they aimed to work with the White Helmets to stage “a false-flag operation.”
Last week, the Russian Center received a phone call from a resident of the village of Saraqib in Idlib province about the planned incident.
According to the source, on the afternoon of February 12, Al-Nusra Front brought three cars packed with more than 20 cylinders of chlorine along with personal protective equipment to Saraqib.
Additionally, according to the caller, representatives of the local branch of the White Helmets, wearing individual means of protection, conducted rehearsals of “giving first aid” to “local residents” who were supposedly suffering from poisoning.
The information received from the Idlib resident raised a red flag for members of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria.
According to the center, this indicates that the Al-Nusra terrorists along with the White Helmets are plotting another “provocation” with the use of poisonous substances in Idlib province, aimed at accusing the Syrian authorities of using chemical weapons against local residents.