Ahrar Al-Sham Wants to Launch Chemical Assault on Civilians, Blame it on Syria govt: Syrian UN Envoy

Ahrar Al-Sham Wants to Launch Chemical Assault on Civilians, Blame it on Syria govt: Syrian UN Envoy
Mon Sep 26, 2016 19:16:06

Syrian envoy to the UN Bashar Ja’afari has told a UN Security Council emergency meeting on Sunday that terrorists from Ahrar Al-Sham, are planning to use white phosphorus in an attack on civilians to later blame it on Syrian armed forces.

“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,” the diplomat said at the meeting as cited by TASS.

To falsify the evidence and make their claims sound more credible, the militants plan to pose as Syrian army troops as they deploy the banned substance, Ja’afari said, adding that 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.

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. Most recently, US military deployed white phosphorus shells in Iraq, saying they were used to “obscure” Kurdish fighters’ offensive against militants.

Speaking of the alleged upcoming provocation, Ja’afari mentioned the suspicious activity by American experts, who, he claimed, had visited one of the chemical munitions depots in the rebel-held town of Saraqib in the northwestern Idlib province. Upon examining the site, the experts departed Syria for Turkey, he claimed; RT reported.


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