The "White Helmets," a controversial quasi-humanitarian organization, is playing dirty in Syria: the NGO has been spotted fabricating "evidence" of Russia's "disastrous" involvement in Syria.
The organization has published a photo on its Twitter account, depicting a bleeding girl claiming that the poor child was injured together with a number of civilians during the Russian airstrike launched on September 30.
"Russia strike in Homs today. 33 civilians killed including 3 children and 1 @SyriaCivilDef volunteer," the organization's tweet reads.
However, the false claim was immediately exposed: Twitter users discovered that the photo of the wounded girl was actually taken on September 25, 2015, five days ago.
The White Helmets in their haste to point the finger of blame at Moscow, managed to tweet about Russia's air strikes several hours before the Russian Parliament actually authorized the use of the Air Force in Syria.
How dare Putin fly into #Syria with the Syrian government's permission* and target ISIS and al-Qaeda fighters! * We do it without asking.— U.S. Dept. of Fear (@FearDept) 30 сентября 2015
"White Helmets demonizes the Assad government and encourages direct foreign intervention," Beeley told Sputnik.
Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that the numerous false reports about civilian deaths due to Russia's air strikes in Syria on Wednesday are a part of an information war now being waged against Moscow, according to the Russian Kommersant daily.