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The "White Helmets" are preparing new provocations in Syria

Summary of Disinformation

The “White Helmets”, together with the terrorists Dzhebhat an-Nusra, are preparing another provocation using chemical weapons in the province of Idlib. The main goal, as in previous cases, is to blame the Syrian army to discredit officials in Damascus.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is also a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative of crimes and hoaxes perpetrated by the White Helmets.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation has claimed that both the 2017 attack in Khan Sheikhoun and 2018 in Douma were faked. A UN-OPCW Joint Investigation found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Sheikhoun.

On 10th of April 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 2018, the OPCW members granted it power to assign blame for chemical attacks.

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Reported in: Issue 148
Date: 30.04.2019
Language: Russian
Country: International, Syria
Keywords: White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Vesti.ru, Russia 24
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