The Russian Centre for Syria reconciliation said a day earlier that the White Helmets, backed by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as the Al Nusra Front*), were preparing a new provocation involving toxic agents in Syria.
The White Helmets have finished filming a staged provocation implicating the Syrian army in the use of chemical agents, according to the Russian Centre for Syria reconciliation. The group’s video will show fake casualties allegedly caused by a “chemical attack” by the Syrian government, the centre reported.
“According to the information that the Russian centre for Syria reconciliation received at around 16:00 Moscow time [13:00 GMT] from several independent sources, representatives of the White Helmets, together with terrorists, have finished the shooting of a staged video about the [Syrian] governmental forces’ alleged use of ‘toxic agents’ against civilians in the Zerbah settlement of the Idlib de-escalation zone”, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.
The video shows the alleged consequences of a Syrian Air Force attack involving some “unidentified chemical weapon”, the ministry added.
“Alleged ‘human victims’ with symptoms of ‘intoxication’ can be seen on the video in thick yellow smoke. The White Helmets are now ready to spread the fake video on social media for further dissemination through Western and Arab media”, the Russian Defence Ministry noted.