Syria: “We firmly deny” claims about use of chemical weapons in Douma

Speaking from Ghouta on Sunday, head of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in the Syrian Arab Republic, Yuri Yevtushenko, strongly rejected claims by the ‘White Helmets’ volunteer non-governmental organization suggesting that on April 7th the Syrian armed forces “dropped a bomb laden with chlorine in Douma”.

Yuri Yevtushenko called such claims “fabricated” and laid out Russia’s readiness to “send the Russian experts in the radiation, chemical and biological protection immediately after Douma’s liberation from militants”.

The head of the Reconciliation Centre went on to say that such allegations stem from the “favourite narrative,” exploited by the Western countries, which is about “the use of the chemical weapon by the governmental forces of Syria”.

On Saturday the ‘White Helmet’ organization said that a bomb with toxic gas inside was allegedly dropped over Douma on April 7th which triggered the death of at least 70 people.

It has been reported in the past that US sponsored “opposition rebels” had been trained in the use of chemical weapons by specialists on contract of the Pentagon, and were also in possession of chemical weapons. According to the UN mission report, Syrian soldiers as well as civilians were the target of chemical weapons attacks led by the opposition rebels.

Image: Douma, Sunday 9 April 2018. An area that was bombed in the ongoing conflict and where chemical weapons were allegedly used by the Syrian government without any evidence as yet (Credits: @Elizrael). Ruptly contributed to this report.

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