Welcome back to the adventures of official Syrian media, from the field and between the dead bodies, to support the narrative of Bashar al-Assad’s regime that “terrorists” and armed groups are killing innocent Syrians, rather than heavily armed government soldiers.
Unbearable footage was broadcast by the pro-government Al-Dunya TV channel after the massacre of Darya that left more than 300 people dead. Children held by the arms of their dead mothers, while others laying under bodies that wanted to protect them from the bullets of snipers, which pierced both victims.
Opposition activists accused the regime of the grisly massacre, and Britain said if the killings were confirmed, it “would be an atrocity on a new scale, requiring unequivocal condemnation from the entire international community.”
In the face of condemnation for her government, Dunya TV correspondent Michelene Azar was the first journalist to visit Darya. She walked between the bodies of children and women. She spoke with distraught child survivors, five- or six-years-old, eliciting them to utter a single, likely untrue, statement: armed gangs killed us and the army saved us.
While Dunya TV touted the Syrian military allegedly aiding civilians, the pro-Assad broadcast neglected saying the town had been bombarded for the past week by government shelling.
Such interviews have been conducted from the afflicted areas where independent media is absent to tout achievements of regime forces dismantling the “armed gangs.” The viewer is left with brutal images of dead women and children, and unsettling interviews with terrified survivors.