Disinfo: White Helmets' objective is to discredit Damascus

Summary

The White Helmets are part of a media campaign that targets the reputation of the Syrian authorities, they were also blamed for the provocation that led to the West accusing Damascus of using chemical weapons which directed the bombarding of governmental targets.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative targeting the White Helmets with many disinformation and propagandist claims.

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 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.

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  • Reported in: Issue 175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/11/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Country: Syria
  • Keywords: White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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