Disinfo: White Helmets prepare new chemical attack in Syria

Summary

Al-Nusra Front terrorists and White Helmets were preparing to stage a provocation, involving chemical weapons’ use, in Syria’s Idlib province in order to blame Damascus for the attack on civilians.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring disinformation medium.com/dfrlab/syriahoax-part-two-kremlin-targets-white-helmets-c6ab692d4a21, . The White Helmets are regularly accused of being responsible for chemical attacks in pro-Kremlin disinformation euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=, , euvsdisinfo.eu/from-sweden-with-love/, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 98
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/02/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Syria
  • Keywords: White Helmets, Provocation, Chemical weapons/attack, Terrorism, Syrian War
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Disproof

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