The “chelical weapons” issue still remains an important factor impacting the development of the situation in Eastern Ghouta. Late on March 19, the Russian military once again warned that militants in the region are preparing to stage chemical attacks to blame them on the Syrian government. According to the report, members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) had prepared chemicals on a roof of one of the buildings in the region.On the same day, the White Helmets, an infamous propaganda organization operating in the militant-held areas, reported that the “Assad regime” had once again conducted a “chemical attack” in Eastern Ghouta. According to the White Helments, the attack took place “overnight” in the area of Harasta and resulted in no casualties. Earlier in March, the US threatened that it will take a “direct ation” against Syrian government forces if chemical weapons are used. So, the militants may seek to trigger US strikes on Syria. On March 20, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies continued developing momentum against militants in the southern part of Eastern Ghouta. Government troops are currently conduting only limited operations in order to allow civilians to flee the militant-held areas. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, over 79,700 people have been evacuated since the daily humantiarian pause was introduced.