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Syrian Sources: Tahrir Al-Sham Behind Attack on Idlib Market

TEHRAN Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists have orchestrated the recent attack on a trade market in Southern Idlib in a false-flag operation to accuse the Russians and pave the way for military intervention of the Western countries, the Arabic-language media outlets said.

The Arabic-language website of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted local sources as disclosing that the recent missile attack on a trade market in the city of Ma'areh al-Numan was carried out by Tahrir al-Sham terrorists and by a missile from a farm in the town of Kafar Rumeh near a base of Tahrir al-Sham close to Ma'areh al-Numan.

The report said Tahrir al-Sham commanders had warned the White Helmets under their control of the missile attack 20 minutes before the attack.

It said Tahrir al-Sham meant to make use of the attack to accuse the Syrians and Russians of attacking the civilians, and also take revenge from civilians in Ma'areh al-Numan for blocking Tahrir al-Sham's entry into their city.

In a relevant development in mid-July, Russian envoy to the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Alexander Shulgin said that a new chemical weapons provocation was being planned by militants in Syria's Idlib province.

"They repeatedly have said that Syrians have hidden stocks of chemical weapons and they access them when needed. But nobody seems to think about the military significance of chemical weapons use. We have noted that talk about chemical weapons begins whenever Syrian troops are successful. Why should they resort to chemical weapons use if they are practically in control in Douma or in other places already?" Shulgin told the media, Sputnik reported.

Shulgin added that such statements are being made to "divert attention...and start an international scandal".

"The Syrians here and in New York say they know that chemical munitions are being delivered [to Syria], they know from which countries, the names of the people responsible for preparing the provocations. For instance, a chemical provocation is being prepared in Idlib as we speak. Well, a fact-finding team will be sent there, but what will it find? They will say that the Syrians and the Russians who 'shield' them are again to blame. They simply refuse to consider alternative scenarios," Shulgin said.

In 2018, the US, the UK and France used reports of alleged chemical attacks in Syria's Douma, Eastern Ghouta, and Khan Sheikhoun as a pretext to carry out missile strikes on Syria. Russia has repeatedly stressed that the White Helmets group in Syria was responsible for chemical weapons provocations. In April dozens of the group's members admitted in several interviews, that they had carried out false flag chemical attacks to provoke retaliation against the Syrian armed forces.

Source: Fars News Agency