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Intl experts have strong proof images of chemical victims fabricated – Moscow

Published time: September 10, 2013 08:09
Edited time: September 11, 2013 09:42
Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows people inspecting bodies of children and adults laying on the ground as Syrian rebels claim they were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21, 2013.(AFP Photo / Shaam News Network)

Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows people inspecting bodies of children and adults laying on the ground as Syrian rebels claim they were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21, 2013.(AFP Photo / Shaam News Network)

Footage and photos of the alleged chemical attack in Syria, which the US cites as the reason for a planned military intervention, had been fabricated in advance, speakers told a UN human rights conference in Geneva.

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Members of the conference were presented accounts of international experts, Syrian public figures and Russian news reporters covering the Syrian conflict, which back Russia’s opposition to the US plans, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The speakers argued that the suspected sarin gas attack near Damascus on August 21 was likely a provocation of the rebel forces and that a military action against the President Bashar Assad government will likely result in civilian casualties and a humanitarian catastrophe affecting the entire region. 

The possible attack by US military without a UN Security Council mandate would violate international law and should be prevented by the United Nations, some of the speakers said.

Evidence for the Russian case, including numerous eyewitness reports and results of investigations of the chemical weapon incident by activists, was handed over to a UN commission of experts probing the Syrian crisis, the ministry said.

The Obama administration voiced an intention to use military force in Syria after reports of mass deaths in Eastern Houla, a neighborhood of Damascus, which killed more than 1,400 people according to US estimates. Washington says the deaths was due to a chemical weapons attack of the Syrian army on rebel forces and says it plans to use force to prevent such incidents in the future.

A view shows bodies of people activists say were killed by nerve gas in Damascus' suburbs of Zamalka August 21, 2013.(Reuters / Hadi Almonajed)

Russia is convinced that the chemical incident was a provocation by rebel forces, which staged a false flag attack to drag the US into the conflict and capitalize on the damage that the Syrian army is likely to sustain in the American intervention.

An increasing number of reports is backing Russia’s position, with local witnesses, US and British former intelligence professionals and Europeans recently released from rebel captivity all speaking for a provocation scenario.

In the latest development this week a possible way to de-escalate the tension was voiced, which would involve the Assad government handing over control of his chemical arsenal to the international community. The plan was backed by Russia, China and Syria's main ally Iran, while Syria said it will review it.

Mixed signals over the plan came from the US. The US State Department initially said Secretary of State John Kerry, who initially voiced a possible disarmament, saw it as a rhetorical move and didn’t expect Bashar Assad to actually disarm. But later President Obama said such a move from Damascus would make him put the military action plan on pause.

Meanwhile RT learned that Syrian rebels might be planning a chemical weapons attack in Israel. The possible attack would be carried out from the territory supposedly controlled by the Syrian government and would trigger another round of escalation, leaving little hope of defusing the tension.

Comments (92)

 

Shukry Haramy 12.09.2013 05:26

The Media Again; Mr. McNeil. the reports from french experts that NO EVIDENCE of chemical weapons use in August was played down. The news that Turkish Police caught 16 Al Nusrah people with 2 litres of Sarin Gas were also played down by the press. The Belgian reporters, who were supposed to be on the rebel side said that Al-Nusra used Chemical weapons in Aleppo was also played down by the Media. All we are permitted to see was footage from children choking, children breathing through towels, and running around, and attendants washing Victims/ WHILE NOT WEARING ANY PROTECTIVE CLOTHING. IS this IRONCLAD EVIDENCE??

 

Charles McNeill 11.09.2013 16:36

Why is it that the "international experts" claim (and other such stories) is reported only on RT and nowhere else? Is that story on Al Jazeera, or with any other professional news organization in the world? Well, the obvious reason is that RT is all about fabricated propaganda.

 

StepStone 11.09.2013 14:55

What is behind the USA plans to bomb Syria?

1. May be Assad used CW against his people without or with his permission as a result USA plans to bomb Syria.

2. The rebels losing the war and it is going to expose the USA and other countries interference of internal affairs of Syria as well as helping Al Qaeda directly or indirectly is compromised their principle. To destroy all the evidences, bombing is the best option and blame everything to Assad.


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