In July, 422 rescue workers from Syrian Civil Defense, better known as the White Helmets, were evacuated to Jordan ahead of advancing pro-Assad forces.
Throughout the Syrian Civil War, the White Helmets not only rescued civilians injured in pro-regime air strikes and artillery attacks, but also documented such attacks as well as the use of chemical weapons on several occasions.
The story quotes Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, who criticized the UNHCR for assisting in the evacuation of the White Helmets and repeated the claim that they collaborate with terrorist groups.
The article also repeats the Russian and Syrian government claim that the group “staged” a chemical weapons attack in the town Douma earlier this year.
In December 2017, The Guardian featured a contextual story about White Helmets conspiracy theories, noting that the theories often originated largely in Russian state media and are spread via Western “alternative news” sites, social media accounts often by bots and trolls.