Syrian forces engaged in mop-up operation in Aleppo’s recently retaken areas have discovered Saudi-produced chemical weapons agents left behind by foreign-backed terrorists in the city.
Syria’s official SANA news agency reported on Wednesday that the chemical materials were found by an army unit in a depot in the Old City of Aleppo.
Sulfur, chlorine and raw materials used for plastic granules were among the Saudi substances discovered, the report added.
It further noted that militants used the materials for manufacturing explosives that were later employed for targeting Aleppo’s residential areas.
It was not the first time that the Syrian troops uncovered toxic chemicals stored by Takfiri terrorists in Aleppo.
In December, Syrian military forces found a chemical warehouse inside Sana’a Mehaidali school in Aleppo’s Masaken Hanano neighborhood.
Terrorist groups such as Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, have on several occasions used toxic materials to target civilians in the Aleppo areas.
The Syrian government has accused Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey of providing the militants with the banned weapons.
Pastor Ibrahim Nasir, the spiritual leader of the Arabic Evangelical Church in Aleppo, said the Zionist regime of Israel’s support for terrorist groups in the Middle East is aimed at destroying true Islam and Christianity.
What we are witnessing in parts of the region today can be considered an “Islam of Zionist character” being promoted by the Israeli regime with the help of Takfiri terrorist groups, Rev. Ibrahim Nasir told the Tasnim News Agency.
He warned that Tel Aviv is using the terrorists as a tool to make inroads into divine principles of Islam to undermine the religion and ultimately contribute to its implosion.
Nasir added that the Zionists have targeted Christianity in the west as well.
The leader of the Arabic Evangelical Church in Aleppo also said that while churches in the west back the Syrian nation and legitimate government, western governments continue to support terrorism in the Arab country.
Hailing the recent liberation of the northwestern city of Aleppo from the clutches of terrorists, he said, “The (ousted) terrorists were the enemies of God, humanity and our homeland”.
In a statement on December 22, Syria’s army announced it has regained full control over Aleppo, clearing the city from foreign-backed terrorist groups after a four-year battle.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic welcomes Syria’s nationwide ceasefire, but warned against the strengthening of terrorists during the truce time in the Arab country.
“One must watch out that no opportunity will be created during the time of ceasefire for the terrorists’ reinforcement,” Rouhani said in a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem and Major General Ali Mamlouk, the head of Syria’s National Security Bureau, in Tehran on Saturday.
The ceasefire, which took effect across Syria at midnight on Friday, excludes the most brutal of terror outfits operating in the Arab country, namely Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front.
The truce was mediated by Russia and Turkey, which respectively represented the Syrian government and the anti-Damascus militants.
Rouhani further hailed the great achievements made by the Syrian government, army and people in the fight against terrorists, particularly in the recently-liberated strategic city of Aleppo.
“The victory in Aleppo conveys this message to the terrorists that they will never be successful in the wrong path they have chosen [which is replete] with crime and bloodshed,” the Iranian president said.
He added that the liberation of Aleppo has prepared suitable grounds for field activities against terrorists and political measures meant to restore stability and security to Syria.
He expressed hope that future steps to solve the Syrian crisis and initiate peace talks would lead to the establishment of security for the Syrian people and the maintenance of the country’s territorial integrity.
Syrian government forces have discovered hundreds of boxes loaded with US-made ammunition in the eastern quarters of Aleppo as they comb various neighborhoods of the recently liberated city for ordnance and military equipment left behind by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants.
The boxes were found in several militants’ arms depots in Aleppo, located some 355 kilometers north of the capital, Damascus, and contained weapons worth of millions of US dollars, Russian daily newspaper Aaszewstaa reported.
The report added that “the items had been delivered to militants under the guise of humanitarian aid.”
The discovery came on the same day that the Syrian army located a large workshop in Aleppo, which Jaish al-Fatah (The Army of Conquest) Takfiri militants used to manufacture chemical weapons from US-made components.
A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said several packages had UN 3,082 codes, which meant they contained environmentally hazardous substances.
Earlier this week, makeshift factories were uncovered in eastern Aleppo, which terrorists used to build bombs laced with poisonous chemicals.
Syrian military officials said the terrorists used chemical warfare against Syrian army forces, adding that one such attack occurred in the southwestern flank of Aleppo, close to al-Assad Military Academy -- also known as the Academy of Military Engineering.
Terrorist groups such as Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, have on several occasions used toxic materials such as chlorine gas to target civilians and government forces in Syria.
The Syrian government accuses Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey of providing the militants with the banned weapons.
The Syrian government turned over its entire chemical stockpile under a deal negotiated by Russia and the United States back in 2013. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has overseen operations to remove Syria’s chemical arsenal.
The deal came after hundreds of people were killed in an August 2013 chemical attack in the Ghouta suburb of Damascus.
The official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said there were five children and four women among those executed by the terrorists before withdrawal from areas under their control in the northwestern city.
“The bodies of martyrs were found inside prisons belonging to terrorist groups in al-Sukkari and al-Kallaseh neighborhoods… Upon close examination, the civilians were found to have been shot at from a very close range,” said Director of Aleppo Forensics, Zaher Hajo.
The military fully liberated Aleppo on December 22 in the final stage of a weeks-long push. The militants had been controlling the city’s eastern part since 2012, a year after foreign-backed militancy swept over the country.
As the terrorists were feeling the heat from army advances, they began using civilians as human shields to hamstring Syrian troops in their operations.
I think we always like to say that we wish that we would have been able to make a difference, in a way that would have prevented the slide and the situation there," CIA Director John Brennan said in an interview with National Public Radio.
"There's no way you can divorce yourself, emotionally or mentally, from these situations that you play a role in," Brennan said, adding that he “felt some responsibility for the horrific bloodshed” in the Syrian conflict.
The CIA chief further insisted that the resounding defeat of militant groups in Aleppo would not constitute an end to the armed campaign against the Syrian government.
"This insurgency is not going to go away until there is some type of viable and genuine political process that will bring to power in Damascus a government that is representative of the Syrian people,” he claimed, without explaining how a representative of the Syrian people will be determined.
He also acknowledged the US inability to influence developments in foreign lands despite its military might.
"As great a country — as powerful a country — as the United States is, we have, in many areas, limited ability to influence the course of events," Brennan said.
After gaining full control on Aleppo, Syrian Army forces in cleaning operation of formerly terrorist held neighborhoods of eastern Aleppo discovered many weapon warehouse in different regions. Many chemical missiles and chemical agents also found in the stores hidden in governmental institution and schools.
Moreover, from chemical missiles and agents, many heavy weapons and missiles discovered by Syrian Army in eastern Aleppo.
Also many centers for producing mortar shells filled by chemical found. Terrorist groups used these missiles to attack civilian neighborhood and Army in Aleppo.
Also London Based opposition group of Syrian Human right observatory confirmed that Syria Army discover Food stores sufficient for at least 3 months which was under control of terrorist groups.
Footage shows many discovered stores of weapons and foods.