Syria: East Ghouta Militants Hold Civilians Hostage, Plan ‘Chemical’ Provocations
The leaders of the armed groups controlling the Eastern Ghouta suburb of the Syrian capital city of Damascus might be "preparing a provocation that will involve the use of chemical weapons," Major General Yury Yevtushenko said in a briefing on Sunday, citing intelligence obtained by the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria.
Only a few hours after the warning, reports emerged that several people in Eastern Ghouta suffered symptoms consistent with exposure to chlorine gas, conveniently supported by images from the White Helmets group, known for its unique ability to appear at the right place just in time to film civilian suffering, which is later pinned on the Syrian government forces.
For their virtuoso work, the controversial UK-backed NGO, also known as the ‘Syria Civil Defense', were even awarded a Hollywood Oscar, despite being plagued by allegations of having ties with terrorists.
Allegations of the Damascus government's involvement in yet another chemical attack on civilians coincide with the adoption of the UN Security Council resolution to impose a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, which does not apply to members of Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL' group], al-Nusra or any other terrorist organization.
Following prolonged and heated debates at the UN, the resolution was unanimously adopted on Saturday.
However, the militants in control of East Ghouta have completely disregarded the humanitarian pause, having unified their command to continue harassing the local population and shelling Damascus.
"The situation continues to deteriorate in East Ghouta where Jaysh al-Islam, Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, Faylaq al-Rahman, and Fajr al-Ummah Brigade set up a united coordination center," Yevtushenko said.
In the same respect, the Russian Reconciliation Center noted that the militant groups impede provision of humanitarian aid to Eastern Ghouta and block civilians from leaving the suburb, basically keeping hundreds hostage, including women and children.
"Despite the statements made by Jaysh Al-Islam about reconciliation, the mortar shelling of Damascus continues from the territory controlled by the formations of this group," the Russian military spokesman said, noting that, over the past 24 hours, at least 31 shells were fired from Eastern Ghouta into residential districts of Damascus.
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