Terrorists Planning Chemical Attack on E Ghouta Residents — Russian Military

Anna Campbell is the first British woman killed in Syria while serving with Kurdish forces

People are seen through a shattered glass in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria March 19, 2018.

Syrian government forces have splintered eastern Ghouta into three separate zones in a month-long assault to crush the last major opposition stronghold near Damascus, confronting the rebels with their biggest defeat since 2016.

Syrian forces, until now, captured 75 percent of Eastern Ghouta territory.

The minister said the agreement with the rebels to abandon their positions to rebel-held areas in northern Syria is the result of the progress made by the Syrian army in Eastern Ghouta in recent days.

Assad has survived because Russian Federation and Iran have effectively become the bulk of its airforce and ground troops respectively, with Russian Federation prepared to engage in aerial bombing of civilians and target hospitals, schools, markets as well as homes, and protect the Syrian regime using its veto so often in the UN Security Council.

"The terrorists, according to [the caller], could use those preparations to spray chemical agents in residential areas, which will lead to a large number of casualties among civilians", Major-General Yuri Yevtushenko announced on Monday. "The mass poisoning of civilians will be used to accuse the government troops of the use of chemical weapons against peaceful citizens".

Anna Campbell 26 was a volunteer with the U.S.-backed Kurdish Women’s Protection Units
Anna Campbell 26 was a volunteer with the U.S.-backed Kurdish Women’s Protection Units

There was no immediate comment from the Russian military, but it has previously denied carrying out air strikes on civilians and civilian infrastructure.

The UN humanitarian agencies have sounded the alarm about the worsening humanitarian situation for 400,000 people in that region.

A video released overnight showed him in his vehicle driving from central Damascus to eastern Ghouta, and discussing the war on his way, a sign of his confident position in the war now entering its eighth year.

The district is smaller than and not connected to Eastern Ghouta, an area east of the capital which is home to hundreds of thousands of civilians and rebels.

"There is no question that the Russians do play a very important role in bringing the belligerents on both sides of the front line together and to create safe space and an environment in which safe evacuations can take place", he told a group of reporters in Geneva.



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