BBC Producer Says Footage of Alleged Gas Attack Victims in Syria’s Douma Staged

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BBC Producer Says Footage of Alleged Gas Attack Victims in Syria’s Douma Staged from Sputnik News

LONDON (Sputnik) – Riam Dalati, a BBC Syria producer, has said that the footage of people being treated after an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian city of Douma was staged.

Dalati wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that the issue had been investigated for six months.

The journalist pointed out that no fatalities had occurred at the hospital, adding that the attack in Douma had happened but sarin had not been used there. However, Dalati noted that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) would look into whether chlorine was used at the scene.

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Everything else around the attack was fabricated, according to Dalati.

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Riam Dalatis Tweet

The Russian Foreign Ministry, commenting on the issue, said that Moscow is awaiting the BBC’s official position after a statement by one of its producers about footage after an alleged chemical attack in Douma.

“The culmination of this theatre of the absurd may be considered the statements by a producer from Britain’s BBC, who confirmed, based on his own research, the staged nature of the footage with the direct participation of the ‘white helmets'”, Maria Zakharova said.

She added that Moscow wants to hear the company’s position as a whole, because it actively covered those events.

The White Helmets group published a video after the reported attack in Douma, which is located in the Damascus neighbourhood of Eastern Ghouta, in early April 2018. The video showed local residents, both adults and children, being treated in the hospital after the alleged attack.

However, within a few hours, Dalati made his Twitter account private.

The reports about the attack and the publication of the footage by the White Helmets were followed by missile strikes carried out by France, the United Kingdom, and the United States on alleged chemical weapons production facilities in Damascus.

Western states have repeatedly accused the Syrian authorities of having carried out the Douma attack, while Damascus has denied any involvement in the incident.

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