“Militants from Ahrar Al-Sham, a hardline Islamist group, are planning to use white phosphorus in an attack on civilians to later blame it on the Syrian armed forces,” al-Jafari said, addressing a UN Security Council emergency meeting in New York on Sunday.
“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,” he added.
Al-Jafari pointed to the suspicious activity by American experts who he reiterated had visited one of the chemical munitions depots in the terrorist-held town of Saraqib in the Northwestern Idlib province, and said, “Upon examining the site, the experts departed Syria for Turkey.”
He voiced his astonishment over lodging “fabricated allegations” by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon about violation of ceasefire by the Syrian government, and said, “They were the terrorists who repeatedly violated the ceasefire while UN secretary general accuses Damascus of not remaining committed to it.”
Al-Jafari said that the terrorists plan to disguise in Syrian army uniforms as they deploy the banned substance to falsify the evidence and make their claims sound more credible.
“The 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,” he added.
He reiterated that Syria has been acting in full compliance with the UN Charter and international law on warfare.
“We condemn the statements of several UN representatives that we are using banned weapons or targeting the civilian population,” he said while referring to the fact that the UN, at the same time, is turning a blind eye to the use of chemical weapons by the terrorists.
In a relevant development last Wednesday, an Arab media outlet said that Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group plans to target civilian areas with chemical weapons that contain phosphorous components in a false-flag operation.
Informed sources told the Arabic-language Hadas News website that they have corroborative evidence indicating that Ahrar al-Sham terrorists intend to launch a false-flag operation in civilian areas to accuse the Syrian government of launching chemical attacks on the country’s civilian population.
They said Ahrar al-Sham has hidden phosphorous munitions in the Northern part of the city of Saraqib in Idlib province, some 20 kilometers from the city of Idlib.
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.