BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – During a press conference after the Astana peace conference on Thursday, Syria’s envoy to the United Nation’s, Dr. Bashar Al-Ja’afari, accused the Turkish regime of facilitating the chemical weapons attack on Aleppo last week.
According to Ja’afari, the Turkish military has been protecting jihadist groups like Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and Daesh in Idlib and Aleppo; he claims this enabled them to launch their attacks.
“That enabled the terrorist organizations to target Aleppo city with shells containing chemical substances more than once at a time,” Ja’afari said.
“This is a decision to escalate terrorism by those who support the terrorist organizations positioned in Idlib, especially Jabhat al-Nusra, Daesh and their affiliated groups.”
The Syrian diplomat said that the Turkish regime is the first suspect in the facilitation, procession and use of chemical weapons by militants in the Idlib province against civilians in Aleppo.
Ja’afari demanded that the Turkish military immediately withdraw their troops from Syria, as Damascus views their presence as an occupation force, rather than a peacemaker.
He would then accuse Turkey of purposely “changing the name of cities” in a bid to remove their Syrian identity.
The Syrian diplomat then took another shot at Turkey, claiming they are harboring radical groups that are affiliated with Al-Qaeda and Daesh in Idlib.
“Is the Turkistan Islamic Party a moderate Syrian opposition or is it non-moderate? … What about Hurras al-Deen organization, which declared allegiance to Zawahiri in Afghanistan? All of these foreign terrorists are in Idlib under protection of the Turkish authorities,” Ja’afari added.