Disinfo: The White Helmets are storing toxic chemicals

Summary

White Helmets are storing toxic chemicals at its headquarters under the supervision of Turkish and American intelligence agents.

Disproof

A recurring narrative about White Helmets that routinely accuse the organisation of “working for terrorists”. No evidence is given to support these claims.

The "White Helmets" movement originated in Syria in 2012. The organisation - which is made up of 3,400 volunteers including teachers, engineers, tailors and firefighters - states that it has no affiliation to any political or military actor and is committed to render services to anyone in need. Volunteers save people from the rubble after bombings, despite the danger of dying themselves as a result of repeated airstrikes.

White Helmets activists have documented the use of chemical weapons in Syria, later confirmed by The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons  (OPCW). Thus, OPCW said it found reasonable grounds to believe that chlorine was used as a weapon in the Douma district of Eastern Ghouta, Syria in April 2018. Because of its activities, the organization has become the target of an extensive Russian disinformation campaign.  

Read previous disinformation claims alleging that France, UK, and the US support terrorists in Syria, that evidence confirms chemical attacks in Syria were falsified by the White Helmets and that the chemical attacks in Syria have been staged and filmed by the media of the Western countries.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Turkey, US, Syria
  • Keywords: White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War, The West

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about coronavirus as a biological weapon against China, also in line with narrative claiming that Americans have secret biological laboratories in many countries. A similar case, claiming that COVID-19 is a part of the hybrid war against China, read here.

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Some are accusing Russia of promoting fake news. One of the hypotheses circulating intensively these days is that the United States is behind the spread of the coronavirus, as a result of the presence of American laboratories that manufacture this biological weapon, and that the US wants to hit China economically. Russia is accused of propagating this information, and the US State Department issued a statement accusing Russia in this regard .

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Disproof

Russian media outlets (both official and unofficial) have been actively propagating the theory that coronavirus was man-made in US labs to destroy the Chinese economy and harm Russia's allies as documented in our database.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to discredit the International Joint Investigation (JIT) into the downing of flight MH17. These narratives have resurfaced due to start of the trial in the Netherlands on 9th March 2020. On the basis of the investigation conducted by the JIT, the Dutch Public Prosecution service will prosecute Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov, and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko for causing the crash of MH17 and murdering the 298 persons on board.

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