Fake Images of Starvation in Madaya Surfing the Web
The Arab and western media outlets have been releasing images of Madaya town in the past few days which is now under the Syrian army and Hezbollah forces’ control. The images show that the residents of this town are starving and the pro-Syrian government forces prevent sending foodstuff to them.
The al-Arabiya and al-Jazeera news channels along with other Saudi-affiliated media outlets in the region and the western media have released several reports about this issue in the past few days and the February 14 Movement has also launched propaganda against Hezbollah in Lebanon, all claiming that people in the Syrian town are dying of starvation under the siege of the Syrian army and Hezbollah.
Now, the question is if the reality is what these media outlets claim? It is clear that given the state of war in the region, the humanitarian situation in Madaya and other towns is fragile but the lies about the real conditions of the people should be revealed.
The Fake Images
The images released by the Arab and western media about the besieged people in Madaya are painful; they show children who have turned into a piece of skeleton or the adults who are dying of starvation.
By searching the images on the internet, one will understand that they either belong to other regions in Syria or are not related to the country at all.
A number of fake images released in the social media and by the Arab and western media are here.
This image has been extensively released in the Saudi-affiliated media and its caption claims: The girl on the left hand side has not turned into what you can see on the right after long time of starvation in the besieged town of Madaya.
But the reality is that the image which has earlier been taken in Amman, the Jordanian capital, shows a Syrian refugee, and even al-Arabiya news channel released the image in January 2014 and called the girl as Syria’s Mona Liza.
The same girl that appeared in Al-Arabiya news on January 6, 2014
But the right image also belongs to a boy taken in Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, and isn’t related to Madaya town at all.
Al-Jazeera’s tweeter page has released the image of a man and has claimed that he is one of Madaya residents.
Other Saudi-affiliated media outlets have also released the image claiming that he is a hungry man in Madaya.
But this image belongs to a refugee in Europe, which had been released in 2009. You can visit the image on this page and see the date for yourselves.
Al-Arabiya al-Hadath has claimed that this image belongs to a child in Madaya, while it has been taken of a child in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, where Palestinians have long been taken hostage by the ISIL and al-Nusra Front terrorists.
Below is the photo of the same child at Yarmouk camp that was taken on 31 March 2014.
This image which has gone viral on the internet under the Saudi-driven claims that he has died in Zahiya is also related to Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb where a man died of cold, malnutrition and disease. You can see the real news and image here.
Such images are galore and go immediately viral on the social media these days, but with a little search, anyone can find out that the claims made about them are no more than lies.
Allegations about Food Blockade:
The Arab and western media have claimed that Hezbollah and Syrian army forces are preventing the dispatch of foodstuff to Madaya town.
But the reality is that the Syrian forces have allowed tens of truckloads of food and medical aids and cargoes into Madaya, Shaghin and Sarghaya.
And this fact has been stressed in a statement released by the media center of the Syrian popular forces. “The humanitarian aids are under the terrorist groups’ control and kept in their warehouses in the city center. They (the terrorists) sell the aids to those civilians who can afford to buy them,” the army and popular forces’ statement said.
Another important point also is that many residents of Madaya who seek to leave the town are prevented by the terrorist leaders.
This is while the agreements between the Syrian government and the terrorists, brokered by the UN, emphasize that 300 terrorists should surrender to the Syrian authorities and leave Madaya but this was opposed by other terrorists and not implemented. Also, the terrorists don’t allow the wounded to be transferred from Madaya and have threatened to target the vehicles carrying them.
Therefore, the terrorists present in Madaya should account for the chaotic humanitarian situation in the town more than any other party.
Selective Human Rights
A look at the besieged regions of Kafria and Foua’a regions in Idlib province as well as al-Zahra and Nubl in Northwest of Aleppo province that are totally ignored by the Arab and western media shows that they aren’t concerned about the humanitarian crises or human rights issues at all since these Shiite-populated towns have been besieged for years and photos show that the residents of Foua’a have resorted to eating grass and herbs, but the Saudi-led and western media outlets are mum. The Syrian army has several times tried to airdrop flour bags and bread to them after going through the terrorists’ intensive fire. The Arab and western media have not released even one single report on the situation of these regions’ residents.
The Saudi-affiliated and western media streams which enjoy abundant financial and technical possibilities compared with the resistance media have been playing with their audience’s sentiments and cover reports based on their owners’ desires and interests, while the least important issue for them is human rights.
The situation of people in the town of Foua’a that has long been under siege by the terrorists
Finally, the situation in Foua’a, Kafria, al-Zahra and Nubl as well as Madaya is for real vital, but the terrorists are the main culprits behind the situation and they are supported by Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
The Saudi media are trying to magnify one through fake images and let the others die in news blackout, otherwise not even a single person informed of news and developments can accept that Saudi Arabia is concerned about people’s lives in Madaya, while attacking and slaughtering innocent civilians in Sana’a and Sa’da in Yemen with different missiles, cluster bombs and US and UK-made ammunition.