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NATO countries holding active consultations on situation in Syria — source

April 11, 16:12 UTC+3 BRUSSELS

A number of non-government organizations allege that a chemical weapons attack took place in Eastern Ghouta’s town of Douma on April 7

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BRUSSELS, April 11. /TASS/. NATO countries have been holding active diplomatic consultations on the situation in Syria in the wake of US threats to attack the country, a NATO diplomatic source in Brussels told TASS.

"Allies have been holding active diplomatic consultations on the situation in Syria," the source said without going into detail.

NATO’s press service has declined to comment on this, as well as on US President Donald Trump’s tweet about "nice and new and smart" missiles to be fired at Syria.

Alleged chemical weapons attack

A number of non-government organizations, including the White Helmets, allege that a chemical weapons attack took place in Eastern Ghouta’s town of Douma on April 7. In their April 8 statement, the White Helmets claimed that the attack had particularly involved chlorine-filled bombs. According to the White Helmets, dozens died in the attack, while 500 people "reached the medical centers with symptoms of exposure to chemicals."

The Russian Foreign Ministry slammed the statement as a bogus story, while Russia’s Defense Ministry pointed out that the White Helmets were not a reliable source of information as they were known for spreading fabricated news.

On April 9, officers from the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria visited Douma but did not find any traces of chemical weapons.

Russian officials many times warned about impending provocations and staged chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

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