One of the alleged witnesses to the “chemical attack” in Syria last week, Douma central hospital emergency department worker Halil Ajij, said the victims brought into the hospital “had symptoms of asthma caused by smoke inhalation”.
Ajij explained that as the hospital staff helped the victims, an unknown man came in and said “it was a chemical attack”.
“People got scared, a fight broke out, relatives of those injured started pouring water on each other. Some others, with no medical education started giving children asthma medication. We did not see any patient with symptoms of chemical poisoning,” the alleged witness concluded.
Russian Ministry of Defence Chief Spokesperson Igor Konashenkov accused the UK of preparing the alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Douma, during a briefing in Moscow today.
According to Konashenkov, London provided the White Helmets with information that the Jaysh al-Islam militants were to perform artillery attacks in Damascus between April 3 and 6. The militant’s attack would then trigger a response from Syrian government forces, which the White Helmets were to use “to maintain the provocation with the so-called chemical weapons”.
Konashenkov noted that all of the Western countries’ allegations are based on footage from a Douma hospital, where the victims of the alleged chemical attack were brought.
“We managed to find those who are pictured in this footage and to question them,” Konashenkov said.
The testimonies in the following footage have not been verified yet.
Major General Igor Konashenkov (Russian): “Today, the Russian Ministry of Defence has other evidence as well, which proves that Great Britain participated in arranging this provocation in Eastern Ghouta. We have reliable information that from April 3 to April 6, London put great pressure the so-called ‘White Helmet’ representatives, in order to accomplish the provocation as fast as possible. The White Helmets were told that from April 3 to April 6 Jaysh al-Islam militants will perform a number artillery attacks on Damascus. It will cause a reaction from government forces which the White Helmets should use to commit the provocation with so-called chemical weapons.”
Major General Igor Konashenkov (Russian): “The Russian Ministry of Defence has a lot of evidence that on April 7 the planned provocation was performed in Douma in order to mislead the global community. Its real goal is clear now – to provoke the USA into performing airstrikes in Syria. I remind you, the key evidence of all these Western countries’ allegations is the footage filmed in Douma hospital, where it was said that those civilians injured by the chemical attack were taken to. Furthermore, we managed to find those who are pictured in this footage and question them.”
Alleged Douma central hospital emergency department worker (Arabic): “On April 8, on Sunday, a building was destroyed by a strike. The upper floors were destroyed. The ambulance took those injured from the upper floors. A fire broke out on the first floor, the [first] floor and the basement were full of smoke. People were taken to the emergency department. We began helping those injured. We did not notice those who were filming us while we were working. We were being filmed, a man came in, he started shouting it was a chemical poisoning. This man, the stranger, said people suffered because of a chemical weapon. People got scared, started throwing water over each other, using inhalers. Doctors continued to tell us there was no chemical poisoning.”
Halil Ajij, Alleged Douma central hospital emergency department worker (Arabic): “On April 8, a building was destroyed by a strike. The upper floors were completely destroyed, and a fire emerged on the lower floors. All the injured were taken to us [to the hospital.] Those who lived on the upper floors had symptoms of asthma caused by smoke inhalation. We were helping them basing on these symptoms. When we were helping them a man came in, I do not know him. He said it was a chemical gas attack. People got scared, a fight broke out, relatives of those injured started pouring water on each other. Some others, with no medical education started giving children asthma medication. We did not see any patient with symptoms of chemical poisoning.”