White Helmets Cooperating with Terrorist Groups in Syria
“The White Helmets cannot be an independent organization because it works for the interests of the western countries that back terrorist groups in Syria and receives financial support from the US, Britain and Germany instead,” Vanesa Bili said.
“It seems to be strange that the White Helmets are constantly in the regions controlled by the ISIL and Fatah al-Sham Front (the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) and their affiliated groups. Videos and images taken in these regions prove that the White Helmets cooperate with the terrorists,” Bili went on to say.
“The White Helmets not only offer medical services to terrorists and take part in their assassination and execution of civilians, but also work for overthrowing the Syrian government,” the journalist added.
Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashekov said on Friday that the so-called reports about “hospitals” and “schools” allegedly located in terrorist-held Syrian territory were created by the “White Helmets” group financed by London.
“After three days it is absolutely clear for everyone that the allegedly bombed “hospitals” and “mobile clinics” in Aleppo exist only in US State Department spokesman John Kirby’s imagination. This “information blooper” will certainly remain a stain on Admiral Kirby’s biography,” Konashenkov said, Sputnik reported.
The defense ministry spokesman added that if all the “bombed” “hospitals” and “mobile clinics” were counted, that would mean there is nothing else in Syria apart from them.
Recently, John Kirby blamed the Russian Aerospace Forces for allegedly “bombing hospitals” in Syria.
The Russian side has often requested international organizations to provide data on the presence of any medical facilities and schools in terrorist-held territories in Syria but the organizations said they did not have information on the existence of any of such facilities.
“We have repeatedly asked representatives of the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, other countries and international organizations to provide any information on the location of medical aid posts (‘hospitals’) or schools in Syrian areas controlled by terrorists,” Konashenkov underlined.
“The answer is always the same — no one has such information,” he said.
“There are only reports by the “White Helmets” or anonymous local “journalists” (“activists”),” the spokesman added.
Konashenkov underscored that the UK government officially allocated funds for the activity of “White Helmets”, and so-called “mass media” in Syria which were tasked with posting on Facebook and Twitter information about chemical attacks and reports provided by locals and “White Helmets”.
Western countries accuse Russia of prolonging violence by giving air support to Syrian troops, while Moscow insists that ending the violence is only possible by cooperating with the legitimate government.