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Russian reconciliation center found no trace of chemical weapons in Syria’s Douma

On April 7, a number of NGOs, including the White Helmets, alleged that chemical weapons were used in the town of Douma

MOSCOW, April 9. /TASS/. Officers of the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria on Monday surveyed districts in the town of Douma following the White Helmets’ reports about alleged use of chemical weapons to find no traces of that.

"On April 9, a Russian reconciliation center’s team of radiation, chemical and biological safety specialists and medics surveyed the areas in the Syrian town of Douma where chemical weapons had allegedly been used. The results of the check demonstrated the absence of any traces of the use of toxic agents. The center’s military doctors visited the town’s medical establishments to find no symptoms of chemical poisoning or effects of the exposure to toxic agents with any of the patients," the center said.

The White Helmets’ reports and photos and videos of "chemical attack victims" they spread via social networks are nothing but another fake meant to break down the ceasefire.

"It only sets wondering that one and the same representatives of Western countries keep on giving credence to the lies of these unscrupulous abettors of terrorists and militants," the center stressed.

A number of non-governmental organizations, including the White Helmets, have alleged that chemical weapons were used in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, on April 7. According to the statement placed on that organization’s website on April 8 chlorine bombs had been dropped on the city killing dozens and poisoning other locals who had to be brought to hospital. The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed that as fake news. The Defense Ministry added that the White Helmets were notorious for spreading falsehoods. Earlier, several Russian official agencies repeatedly warned that preparations were underway in different parts of Syria for provocations and simulated chemical weapons attacks, which would be blamed on government troops.