The chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun was staged by the White Helmets

Summary

It was here [a clip shows a bunker that was used by the opponents of the Syrian regime] where the White Helmets were shooting the fake video of the Syrian army allegedly using chemical weapons against civilians.

We are talking about the provocation with a fake chlorine attack on Khan Shaykhun. Then the White Helmets published a video, after which the Americans fired rockets at the Syrian airbase.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narratives aiming to discredit the White Helmets and claiming that the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack was staged by Western actors in order to justify military action against the Assad regime.

The OPCW’s Fact Finding Mission confirmed that people in Khan Shaykhun were exposed to sarin, a chemical weapon, on 4 April 2017.

“The OPCW FFM has confirmed the use of sarin, a nerve agent, during the 4 April incident in Khan Shaykhun in Syria,” mentioned its Director-General in a report published on June 30, 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 United Nations Human Rights Council blamed the Syrian government forces for the attack. “Government forces continued to deliberately target civilians, including through the use of chemical weapons against civilians in opposition-held areas. As part of an aerial campaign in northern Hama and southern Idlib, on 4 April the Syrian air force used sarin in Khan Shaykhun, killing over 80 people, most of whom were women and children,” says the report.

Syrian government forces and their ally Russia continue to deny these facts.

Read more about chemical attacks in Syria here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 166
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Syria
  • Keywords: OPCW, Khan Sheikhoun, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War
  • Outlet: Izvestia Glavnoe @ Channel 5 time 24:05-24:25
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the EU and Russophobia.

In a statement, the Press Office of the European Parliament elaborates on the resolution: