Disinfo: In Syria the White Helmets stage false chemical attacks and are involved in human organ trafficking

Summary

In Syria the White Helmets stage false chemical attacks, are involved in human organ trafficking and remove the organs of the people they claimed to save.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said it found reasonable grounds to believe that chlorine was used as a weapon in the Douma district of Eastern Ghouta, Syria in April 2018. The OPCW Fact-Finding Mission also confirmed use of chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun on 4 April 2017. The UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for the attack in Khan Shaykhun. On April 10 2018, Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. In June, the OPCW members granted it power to assign blame for chemical attacks. The "White Helmets" movement originated in Syria in 2012. Volunteers save people from the rubble after bombings, despite the danger of dying themselves as a result of repeated air strikes. Activists have documented the use of chemical weapons in Syria, later confirmed by OPCW. Because of this, they have become the target of an extensive Russian disinformation campaign. For the full debunking about the alleged crimes and organ trafficking operation in Syria perpetrated by the White Helmets see here. See more disinformation cases on the White Helmets here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/10/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Italian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Syria
  • Keywords: OPCW, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War
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Disproof

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Disproof

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