Russia Claims Syria Rebels 'Staging Chemical Attack'

W460

Russia claimed Tuesday that Syrian rebels had begun working on film footage that would be presented to the world as the aftermath of an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian army.

During the seven-year Syrian conflict, the West has accused Damascus on a number of occasions of using chemical weapons against the civilian population.

The regime of Bashar al-Assad and its top backer Moscow have consistently denied those claims, pointing the finger at rebels instead.

The Russian defense ministry, citing Idlib residents, said film crews from several Middle Eastern TV channels -- as well as "a regional branch of a leading U.S. news channel" -- had arrived for the shoot in the city of Jisr al-Shughur in Idlib.

"By the end of the day", all the footage should be handed over to the TV channels which would release it through social media, the defense ministry claimed.

According to the "scenario," White Helmets activists will be "helping residents of Jisr ash-Shugur" after the alleged use of barrel bombs by the Syrian army, it said.

Two vessels containing chlorine had already been brought to the area from Kherbet al-Jawz, the ministry added.

Real chemicals would be used to make the footage appear more authentic and also to provide samples of allegedly contaminated soil from the scene, the ministry said.

Idlib province and adjacent rural areas form the largest piece of territory still held by Syria's beleaguered rebels, worn down by a succession of government victories in recent months.

For weeks, regime troops backed by Russia and Iran have massed around Idlib's periphery, with deadly air strikes, shelling, and barrel bombs falling with increased intensity in recent days.

The West has warned Assad that his regime would face serious consequences if he used chemical weapons in Idlib.

Russian officials have accused rebels of staging chemical attacks in the past in areas that government forces had been preparing to retake.

Comments 7
Thumb ashtah 11 September 2018, 18:59

Russia 'claims'....... citing Idlib residents!

Thumb janoubi 11 September 2018, 19:02

lol

Thumb janoubi 11 September 2018, 19:01

U.S. Says Syria Plans Gas Attack in Rebel Stronghold

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-says-syria-plans-gas-attack-in-rebel-stronghold-1536535853

Thumb barrymore 11 September 2018, 19:15

Who would dare question Russia's credibility!

Russia claims US is helping Isis - using video games as evidence!
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-us-isis-video-game-footage-help-islamic-state-iraq-ministry-defence-ac-130-gunship-a8054066.html

Russia's 'irrefutable evidence' of US help for Isis appears to be video game
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/14/russia-us-isis-syria-video-game-still

Thumb s.o.s 11 September 2018, 20:35

They can accuse each other of staging movies, as long as no real attacks occur and this propaganda serves as deterrent.... prevention is always better.

Thumb whyaskwhy 11 September 2018, 21:57

I would say Russias claims are in line with Syria's claims on not killing its own citizens and on Par with Kizballahs claims that its fighting Israel.

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 12 September 2018, 01:52

Russia Claims Syria Rebels 'Staging Chemical Attack'

I guess Vladimir was unable to convince Bashar not to use his chemical weapons on his people.