2 Jul 2017
A few days after the Washington threats against Damascus in the event of the use of chemical weapons, a video of this type of attack emerged on Twitter. Russian diplomacy expects a “massive” propaganda campaign.
“As we announced a few days ago, a propaganda campaign on” the use of chemical weapons by Damascus “has begun,” wrote in a Facebook message on 2 July the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Russian Foreign Minister Maria Zakharova.
She accompanied her message with a video that circulates on social networks, in which a man claims to be in a hospital in eastern Goutha, near Damascus. The latter claims that the people he filmed inhaled chlorine gas, the victims of an attack perpetrated by the Syrian government.
“There will be more and more videos of this kind, of varying quality. Some will be rather bad like this one, others will be Hollywood level, “warns the Russian official, adding that there would be” a lot of lies “, and that the planned campaign was” massive. “
On 1 July, a Syrian rebel group accused the government army of using chlorine gas against its fighters, east of Damascus. An activist from the Failaq al-Rahman group quoted by the Reuters news agency said that about 30 people had been taken “suffocated following the attack at Ain Tarma in the eastern Ghouta”.
The Syrian Army denied the allegations in a state-run statement saying it had not “used chemical weapons in the past and never expected to do so.”
A few days earlier, on 26 June, the United States said it had information that the Syrian government could carry out a chemical attack in the near future, warning Bashar al-Assad about the “heavy consequences” Face if it came to implement this project.
French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Donald Trump about the possibility of joint action against Syria in the event of such an attack.
But Russian diplomacy had not let pass the Washington accusations, formulated “without proofs”. Maria Zakharova described them as “massive provocation on the military and informational scale” targeting not only Syria but also Russia.
She added that Moscow had “concrete” data demonstrating that the “staging” of a series of chemical attacks in two Syrian localities was underway.
These other accusations intervene while the Syrian Arab army reaps the military successes. It has recently taken control of the entire area extending from Rassafa in southern Raqqa province to Ithraya in eastern Hama province. It has also totally liberated Aleppo , former fief of Daesh.