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'New Intel': Moscow Reveals Where New Provocations Could Take Place in Syria

© AFP 2022 / Omar haj kadourA Syrian medic runs for cover during the air strikes which hit a hospital in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, on April 4, 2017
A Syrian medic runs for cover during the air strikes which hit a hospital in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, on April 4, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Russia has new intelligence of planned western provocations in Syria in light of US statements on alleged Syrian government plans to carry out a chemical attack there, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.

Men ride a motorbike past a hazard sign at a site hit by an airstrike on Tuesday in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 5, 2017 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) The White House said in a statement Tuesday that Washington had identified potential preparations for a chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.

"Indeed, there is new intel," Zakharova said at a weekly briefing. "We believe that this staging, this provocation is being prepared."

She named the towns of Saraqib and Ariha in the northwestern Idlib province as the possible locations where Moscow believes the provocations could take place.

Earlier today, Zakharova said that the statement made by the White House is a "harbinger of a new intervention" in Syria.

Syria has been in the state of civil war for six years, with government forces fighting against both Syrian opposition groups who strive to overthrow President Bashar Assad, and numerous extremist and terrorist groups such as Daesh and al-Nusra Front (Jabhat Fatah al Sham), both of which are outlawed in Russia. Russia, Iran and Turkey are the guarantors of a nationwide Syrian ceasefire that came into force on December 30, 2016.

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