Disinfo: Terrorists preparing a chemical attack in Idlib supported by the White Helmets

Summary

Around the 26th of January the al-Nusra terrorist organisation, supported by the White Helmets, transported several containers of chlorine gas to the southern part of the Idlib province in Syria. The containers, placed in the Khan-Sheikhun depots, are meant to be used against civilians, either in this area or in another location.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the involvement of the White Helmets in planning chemical attacks, in cooperation with the al Nusra group, against civilians in Idlib in order to blame the Syrian government for such attacks. The White Helmets, a search-and-rescue organisation based in opposition-held areas in Syria, have been one of the main target of disinformation campaigns orchestrated by the Kremlin. Since they have documented some of the worst atrocities carried out by the Syrian government and the Russian military, Russian media have been trying to portray them as “terrorists”. Some pro-government supporters in Syria claim they are “legitimate targets”. This article attempts to associate the White Helmets with chemical attacks in Idlib: a pro-Kremlin narrative which began to circulate in early 2018. See other cases about White helmets here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 136
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/02/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Italian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Syria, Russia
  • Keywords: White Helmets, Syrian War
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