Militants Deliver 60 Canisters With Highly-Toxic Agent to Idlib - Russian MoD

© REUTERS / Khalil Ashawi Residents walk near damaged buildings in Maaret al-Naaman town in Idlib province January 14, 2015
Residents walk near damaged buildings in Maaret al-Naaman town in Idlib province January 14, 2015 - Sputnik International
Terrorists are planning to carry out chemical attacks on a town in Hama and the humanitarian corridor in Idlib, Russian military.

Terrorists from the Hayat Tahrir Ash-Sham group (former Nusra Front*) are planning a new provocation with the use of toxic agents in the Idlib de-escalation zone, the Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation reported on Thursday.

“According to information received by the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation from sources in the Idlib de-escalation zone, the terrorists of the Hayat Tahrir Ash-Sham group are planning to carry out another provocation using toxic agents,” the center said in a statement.

In this image made from video provided by Hadi Al-Abdallah, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, smoke rises after airstrikes in Kafr Nabel of the Idlib province, western Syria, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. - Sputnik International
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According to the statement, the terrorists have delivered 60 canisters filled with an unidentified highly-toxic chemicals. They are accompanied by Arab-speaking chemical specialists from one of the European countries.

"According to available information, the upcoming provocation with the use of toxic agents will target the Christian-majority town of Maharda in Hama province and the humanitarian corridor near ​​the village of Abu al-Duhur in Idlib province," the statement said.

In September, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has addressed the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York City, warning that Syrian terrorists and their patrons may attempt new provocations using chemical weapons, adding that Russia would consider such efforts this "unacceptable."

"We warn terrorists and their sponsors that new provocations involving chemical weapons are unacceptable," Lavrov declared.

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The demilitarized zone in Idlib was established on September 17, when Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on the issue.

*A terrorist organization, banned in Russia and a number of other countries.

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