EAST GHOUTA, Syria – Major General Yuri Yevtushenko, the chief of the Russian center for reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria, said on Saturday that the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front are planning to shell a United Nations aid convoy in the East Ghouta town of Douma and blame it on Syrian government forces.
“Reports say that militants of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group are staging a provocation with the aim to derail the delivery of humanitarian aid by a UN convoy to the populated locality of Douma, scheduled for the near future,” he said.
“Terrorists are set to open mortar fire on the convoy and blame the government forces for the attack,” he continued.
“Illegal armed groups’ activities, their shelling of Damascus and bar to evacuation of the civilian population are war crimes,” the general said. “We demand the leaders of illegal armed groups stop arbitrary use of force against local residents, stop armed provocations and provide safe exits for people from dangerous areas,” Yevtushenko said.