Russia has denied Syrian opposition claims that President Assad’s government has used chemical weapons on the rebel-held town of Douma, killing at least 40 people and wounding 500. President Donald Trump has said there will be a “big price to pay” for it. Russia and Syria blamed Israel for a subsequent attack on a Syrian airbase
MOSCOW, April 8. /TASS/. Russia’s Defense Ministry refuted reports on Sunday that the Syrian forces have used chemical weapons in Douma in Eastern Ghouta, Head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Sides in Syria Major General Yuri Yevtushenko said.
According to the general, the allegations that a chlorine barrel bomb had been dropped in Douma by the Syrian armed forces were the work of the so-called independent non-governmental organizations, including the White Helmets, which is widely known for its fake news.
“We strongly reject this information and confirm readiness after Douma is liberated from militants to send Russian specialists in radiation, chemical and biological protection to collect data to confirm that these statements are fabricated,” said the head of the center, which is part of the Defense Ministry.
The general noted that the West used the allegations on chemical attacks to disrupt an operation beginning on Sunday on evacuating from Douma irreconcilable militants of the Jaysh al-Islam group. On Saturday, news broke that they resumed fighting against the government forces.
The Al-Wafideen humanitarian corridor, which is used for a safe exit from Douma, continues operation, he noted.