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Published On: Wed, Dec 21st, 2016

Egyptian Police Arrests Five for Faking Images of Aleppo Children

nsnbc : Police in  Port Said, Egypt, arrested five persons for using a child to produce fake videos of “Syrian children in Aleppo. The Interior Ministry stated that the five admitted to attempting to fake footage from Aleppo.

Footage released by Egypt's Interior Ministry.

Confiscated fake footage released by Egypt’s Interior Ministry.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry stated that the five were arrested on Monday after a police officer noticed that photographs and video footage being taken of a young girl walking among rubble while wearing a white dress with red stains, appearing to represent blood.

The photos and video material was produced with the intention to falsely represent the situation of a child, or children in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The producers of the images used a construction site in Port Said asset for their apparently false “news” footage.

Among those who were detained is the videographer, his crew, as well as the parents of two children who were abused as props in the fake footage. In a video released after the arrests, one man is seen as he is confronting the adults for abusing a child.

It is not the first scandal about the use and abuse of children in propaganda footage used to misrepresent the situation in Aleppo, Syria, and alleged atrocities blamed on the Syrian government. Such footage is regularly being featured in media run by so-called “rebels” in Syria.

Tragically, many children have been injured and harmed during the more than five-year-long war in Syria. Others have lost a parent or significant others, and countless children are among the internally and externally displaced.

The abuse of children in propaganda footage like that produced in Port Said, however, its a clear signature of the “rebels” in Syria who purportedly fight against an “abusive Syrian regime”.

CH/L – nsnbc 21.12.2016

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