On April 11, First Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operations Department Lieutenant General Viktor Poznikhir said that the supposed April 7 chemical attack in the Duma district had been staged and filmed by the Western-backed White Helmets organization.
“On April 7, probably the last attempt to stage a chemical weapons attack in Eastern Ghouta was made. The notorious White Helmets, who operate as part of terrorist groups, staged and filmed a chemical weapons attack on civilians in the town of Duma,” Lt. Gen Poznikhir told reporters, according to the Russian news agency TASS.
Lt. Gen Poznikhir added that the White Helmets had made several failed attempts to stage a chemical attacks during the recent battle in the Eastern Ghouta region. The Russian commander also revealed that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had discovered toxic agents in an underground workshop of the militants during its operations in Eastern Ghouta.
“On March 3 the militants’ workshop was found in an underground tunnel in Hazrama. Makeshift ammunition pieces were charged with poisonous agents there,” said Lt. Gen Poznikhir.
The Iranian news agency FARS also reported on April 11 that the SAA had allegedly discovered a location in the town of Saqba in Eastern Ghouta, which had been used by the White Helmets to fabricate videos against the SAA. This report can be linked to the information provided by Lt. Gen Poznikhir.
Syrian pro-government activists expect that all of these evidences and many others will likely be presented to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigation committee that’s expected to arrive to the Syrian capital of Damascus this week.
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