The world has seen the iconic image of Omran Daqneesh, the boy in the Syrian city of Aleppo photographed in an ambulance after he was rescued from the rubble. But some have questioned the true agenda behind the image.
One of those who expressed skepticism on the photo’s true agenda was state-run Chinese news agency CCTV, when it aired a report saying that the image may have been staged to fuel pro-rebel sentiments. Local rebel groups have been questioning Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its alleged violations of human rights.
Omran Daqneesh Photo Staged?
The report noted that the so-called White Helmet, which claims independence and non-partisan interest in the Syrian war, is closely linked to the British military. The report insinuated that the rescue workers failed to carry out a rapid rescue mission and instead set up cameras.
“Critics have suggested that [the video] is part of a propaganda war, aimed at creating a ‘humanitarian’ excuse for Western countries to become involved in Syria. The workers did not make rapid rescue efforts, and instead quickly set up a camera,” the narrator said as translated by AFP via the Independent.
Icon of Syrian War
Omran Daqneesh has become the instant icon of the ill effects of the continuing civil war in Syria. Shortly after the iconic boy was rescued from the rubble, he was reunited with his father Abu Ali, as previously reported by Morning News USA.
In the iconic photograph, the 3-year-old boy appeared shocked and clueless about what just happened, after Assad’s forces conducted an airstrike over their neighborhood. Shortly after, Omran’s photo went viral, but his 10-year-old brother Ali died from an attack allegedly carried out by Russian forces.