Syria UN ambassador caught using fake photo at council

Bashar Jaafari claimed the photo showed Syrian soldiers helping in Aleppo, but it actually depicted a scene in Fallujah.

    The Syrian ambassador to the United Nations has used a fake photo in an attempt to positively portray Syrian government forces on the heels of deadly battles in eastern Aleppo.

    At an emergency meeting of the Security Council, Syria's UN ambassador, Bashar Jaafari showed a photograph he falsely claimed was a Syrian soldier assisting a Syrian woman.

    "This is what the Syrian army is doing in Aleppo," he told the Security Council holding the photo up. "Here you see a picture of a Syrian soldier providing help and succour to a woman, helping her get out of a car."

    However, the photo was taken in Fallujah, in neighbouring Iraq, and features a Popular Mobilisation Unit (PMU) soldier helping an Iraqi woman. The original photo was taken during the battle of Fallujah and appeared in Arabic language news websites in June 2016.

    The use of the photo was quickly noticed by journalists, activists and social media users, who took to Twitter to comment on it.

    At the time of the UNSC meeting, civilians in the remaining rebel-held pockets of eastern Aleppo were fleeing an intense government military offensive on the area. 

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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