UN rights council says Syria gas attack videos, photos fake: Russia


Russia says the United
Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) has confirmed that the videos and
photos purporting to show the victims of a chemical attack near the
Syrian capital, Damascus, were fabricated.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a Tuesday statement that
international experts as well as Syrian public and religious leaders
presented their evidence to the 24th session of the UN Human Rights
Council in Geneva on September 9.

It also said evidence provided by numerous witnesses confirms that
militants fighting against the Syrian government used chemical weapons
in the Damascus suburb of western Ghouta last month.

The participants in the UN Human Rights Council session warned of
the consequences of a military strike against Syria, noting that such an
attack would constitute a crude violation of international law.

The US administration has been using the footage and the photos in question to lobby for a military strike on Syria.

The recent war rhetoric against Syria first gained momentum on
August 21, when the militants operating inside the Middle Eastern
country and the country’s foreign-backed opposition claimed that over a
thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on the
outskirts of Damascus.

The Syrian government categorically rejected the accusation.

Nevertheless, a number of Western countries, with the US being at the forefront, quickly started campaigning for war.

On August 31, US President Barack Obama said he would seek Congress authorization before the possible strikes on Syria.

However, reports indicate a majority of Congress members are either
against the planned strikes on Syria or are yet undecided. The Senate
has meanwhile postponed a vote on the US administration-proposed
resolution to attack Syria.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. The United
Nations has reported that more than 100,000 people have been killed and
millions displaced due to the violence.