It was claimed by the “White Helmets” in Syria that a chlorine cylinder was dropped from a helicopter, penetrated soil, concrete then rebar before hitting the ground and jumping across the room of an underground hospital in Lataminah before coming to rest partially on a sofa. What does the evidence tell us of that claim?
False claim of chlorine attack in Irbin, 3 Feb 2018
Eliot Higgins used the image of an alleged chlorine cylinder from an alleged attack in 2016 as proof of a 2017 attack. The kicker? The 2016 story was actually written about on his Bellingcat website where the image he uses first appeared!
On the 22 January 2018 it is alleged a “chlorine cylinder” landed on a rooftop in Douma, practically undamaged, before releasing its load and in turn suffocating 20+ people, including children. The same cylinder was pictured elsewhere alleged to have brought down a building before being cleaned and presented at a press-conference, again with minimal damage. I investigate the cylinder, the claims and its 8 week tour of Douma.
Date of alleged incident: 1 Feb 2018 Introduction The study of this incident happened by accident. I set out investigating the Douma attacks of 7 April 2018 when I was drawn towards earlier claims of similar attacks in the town.…