Sputnik: Britain's Home Office has confirmed that some 100 volunteers and family members from the Syria White Helmets civil defence group have been resettled in the UK. How significant is this?
Vanessa Beeley: I mean, I think what is extraordinary is that this release of information has been published by the BBC three days after one of the BBC producers put into question the narratives that are produced by the White Helmets inside Syria by stating publicly on his Twitter page that the White Helmets and other affiliated activists had staged the hospital scenes in Douma, presenting it as an alleged chemical attack carried out by the Syrian government. Of course, those scenes were what were used in the mainstream media, particularly in the UK, to rush to judgment on it being a Syrian government chemical attack, which then of course led to the unlawful bombing by the UK government, French, and American governments one week later. So you know, for me, this is not surprising that the BBC now is going into serious damage limitation.
Sputnik: Can you explain some of the alleged terrorist links associated with the White Helmets?
I have also gathered testimony from Syrian civilians of the White Helmets abducting children for the staging of chemical weapon events, of organ trafficking or taking children for organ trafficking and that is from eastern Aleppo and from East Ghouta. We've also seen video evidence actually shown by the White Helmets themselves of them participating in terrorist atrocities against Syrian civilians; the dismemberment of the bodies of Syrian Arab Army prisoners of war, for example in Daraa. The evidence against this organisation is mounting exponentially.
Sputnik: If we look at the case of Shamima Begum, a subject that's reached much controversy in recent weeks, reaction has largely been against her returning because of her terrorist links. Why have we not seen the same condemnation against White Helmet volunteers resettling back in the UK?
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