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London behind staged chemical attack in Syria

Summary of Disinformation

Russian Defence Ministry spokesman presents evidence of the latest suspected chemical attack in Syria’s Douma being a provocation. The  UK was directly involved in organising the provocation and White Helmets rescue volunteers acted on instructions and under strong pressure specifically from London in this provocation.


No evidence given. Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about chemical weapons use in Syria.  https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria+chemical+weapons&disinfo_issue=&date=

The disinforming report recycles a footage shown earlier in different reports by the same TV Channel.  As shown by Bellingcat, the images shown as "a proof of White Helmets faking pictures" are actually taken by Vesti itself from the Facebook page of the film Revolution Man.euvsdisinfo.eu/report/the-white-helmets-may-kill-children-for-a-realistic-picture/ ,


On Saturday, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU.

According to the World Health Organisation, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals.

More than 70 people sheltering in basements have reportedly died, with 43 of those deaths related to symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals. Two health facilities were also reportedly affected by these attacks. www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2018/chemical-attacks-syria/en/,

See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/

On April 10 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.

UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun.

In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were proven to have been perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians.


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Reported in: Issue 104
Date: 13.04.2018
Language: Russian
Country: UK, Syria
Keywords: Douma, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Provocation
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Vesti @Rossiya 1, 00:00
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