Reports on a chemical attack carried out by the Syrian government forces in Douma are fake news

Summary

Reports on a chemical attack carried out by they Syrian government forces in Douma are fake news.

Disproof

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

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: 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 blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

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 perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians. 

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

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  • Reported in: Issue 103
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/04/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Syria
  • Keywords: Douma, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War
  • Outlet: Tass
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The White Helmets ready to kill children for a realistic picture

The Douma chemical attack footage is a fake by the White Helmets. Maybe naked and wet kids are shivering because it is cold. Some of the kids are maybe unconscious, or maybe they are just sleeping. It is good if the photos of the victims are just staged and people did not get killed for the footage. NGO Swedish Doctors has accused the White Helmets of killing children for a realistic picture.

Disproof

Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about chemical weapons use in Syria and the White Helmets.  euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria+chemical+weapons&disinfo_issue=&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=,

For background on the disinformation spread about White Helmets, see medium.com/dfrlab/syriahoax-part-two-kremlin-targets-white-helmets-c6ab692d4a21,

White Helmets are the Islamic State’s fire brigade

White Helmets are the Islamic State’s fire brigade. The Douma chlorine attack footage is a fake by the White Helmets, it is a provocation just like Skripal poisoning.

Disproof

Photos of victims posted by the White Helmets are fake

Photos of victims posted by the White Helmets are fake, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.

Disproof

Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about chemical weapons use in Syria and the White Helmets.  euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria+chemical+weapons&disinfo_issue=&date=, https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=,

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.