Friday 24 January 2020

Syria chemical attack staged by UK, claims Russia

(Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)
(Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

The Russian military has claimed an alleged chemical attack in Syria was staged and directed by Britain.

Volunteer first responders and activists said a chemical attack by the Syrian government killed more than 40 people in the town of Douma, which drew international outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response.

Moscow warned against any strikes and threatened to retaliate.

Russian Defence Ministry spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, released statements by medics from Douma's hospital who said a group of people toting video cameras entered the hospital, shouting that its patients had been struck with chemical weapons and causing panic.

The medics said none of the patients were hurt by chemicals.

Maj Gen Konashenkov said Britain was "directly involved in the provocation".

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