Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations reportedly used an old photo taken in Iraq in attempt to convince the UN Security council that Syrian forces are not mistreating civilians, ABC News reported.
By holding up the photo of a soldier providing help to a woman, Syrian ambassador Bashar Jaafari said “This is what the Syrian army is doing in Aleppo. Here you see a picture of a Syrian soldier providing help and succah [comfort] to a woman, helping her get out of a car”.
However, journalists identified the picture as one published in Iraqi Broadcasting Networks (IBN News) in June 2016. The photo features an Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU) soldier helping a woman to get down from a truck.
Before taking out the fake image, Jaafari also condemned the fake news propaganda around the battle for Aleppo.
Meanwhile, live tweets by freelance journalist and activists from eastern Aleppo showed the civilians were struck in the war torn Aleppo and Azad regime, with the support of its allies, were reportedly targeting civilians.