BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated on Tuesday that there were ‘signs’ that the Syrian military had used chemical weapons in the northwestern province of Idlib, adding that they still need to be verified.
“We have a sign of the use of chemical weapons in the Idlib area but for now there isn’t verification,” he told the French parliament’s foreign affairs committee, according to Reuters.
“We are cautious because we think that the use of chemical weapons must be confirmed and lethal before we react,” added Le Drian.
The problem with this claim by the French Foreign Minister is that the chemical weapons attack reportedly took place inside northeast Latakia.
According to the jihadist group who made the claim, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, the Syrian military used chlorine bombs on their positions in the mountaintop town of Kabani.
Kabani is located just west of the Hama and Idlib provinces; it has long been under the control of HTS and the foreign jihadist group, the Turkestan Islamic Party.