The deadly gas attack in Syria last year was a "100% fabrication", said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an interview with Sky News.
Assad accused the group "Syria Civil Defence" (better known as the "White Helmets," the subject of a Netflix documentary), of being behind the attack. The "White Helmets" group allegedly rescues civilians in rebel-held areas of Syria, but have been accused of associating too closely with known terrorists.
"The allegations itself if by al Qaeda and al Nusra front. They announced it," Assad said about the gas attack claims. "It is not clear if it happened or not. You have a lot of fake videos now."
"They are al Qaeda, they are al-Nusra Front who shave their beards, wore white hats, and appeared as humanitarian heroes," Assad said of the White Helmets. "We don't know whether those dead children... were they dead at all, who committed the attack if there was an attack. You have no information at all, no one has investigation."
"We do not have an arsenal we would not use it," Assad said.
NETFLIX: In Aleppo, the most important thing to remember is that all life is precious. The White Helmets search for survivors among the wreckage as bombs continue to fall. These ordinary men are extraordinary heroes.
More information about the international funding behind the White Helmets via The Corbett Report:
Contrary to what its multi-million dollar international PR campaign would have you believe, the “White Helmets” are not a group of volunteer search-and-rescue workers that sprang spontaneously out of the Syrian soil. When you peel back the layers of foreign financing and reveal the foreign intelligence operatives and murky lobbying groups at the heart of the organization, what you find is that the White Helmets are, in fact, a propaganda construct.
(Transcript and sources available here)