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Only fake evidence of a chemical attack in Douma

Summary of Disinformation

Laughable carelessness when stories on Douma chemical attack were cooked up [by the White Helmets], with children forced to pretend to be wounded, dead, poisoned with a deadly gas.

In the video, a girl in a red sweater lies under a striped blanket whereas in posted photos the same girl lies in the center of another room among numerous dead bodies of adults. This is a pure fake.

An appropriate question arises as to how the allegedly dead children could move around different rooms.

Similar manipulations using children were used by the White Helmets in staging an alleged chemical attack in Khan-Shaykhun.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on the White Helmets and Douma attack. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=douma&disinfo_issue=&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=, , https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77353&date=

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. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2018/chemical-attacks-syria/en/

It is illogical to conclude that a person is alive if images depict the same dead body in two different places.

Similarly, the White Helmets did not "fake" the chemical attack last year in Khan Shaykhun, UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for that chemical attack.

Background:

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.

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.

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.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx

The White Helmets are a volunteer search and rescue group made up of Syrian civilians, which has been attacked by the pro-Kremlin and pro-Assad media on numerous occasions. medium.com/dfrlab/syriahoax-part-two-kremlin-targets-white-helmets-c6ab692d4a21,

It was the White Helmets’ footage that documented the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun in April, which killed at least 83 people, a third of them children. UN war crimes investigators later concluded the attack was carried out by the Syrian regime. www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/18/syria-white-helmets-conspiracy-theories,

In May of 2017 Russia’s Chargé d’Affaires at the UN Security Council, submitted a report containing “information on the work of the White Helmets in Syria”. The evidence in the document consisted solely of a presentation a British blogger had given in London earlier that year. www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/vanessa-beeley-syria-white-helmets_uk_5ad9b6cae4b03c426dad48a9?22,

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Reported in: Issue 105
Date: 19.04.2018
Language: English
Country: Syria
Keywords: Douma, Khan Sheikhoun, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Mid.ru
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