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Syria: April 29, 2016
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The Interpreter
@Interpreter_Mag
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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The Arabic-language service of Russia's state-owned RT network has re-labelled footage of the aftermath of yesterday's air strike on a rebel-held Aleppo as that of a shelling attack on a regime-controlled neighbourhood by Jabhat al-Nusra.

Hadi al-Abdallah, a Syrian journalist, uploaded the following graphic video of the aftermath of an air strike on the rebel-held Bustan al-Qaser and Kallaseh districts at 10:25 GMT yesterday:

According to the Syrian Local Coordination Committees (LCC) at least 12 people were killed, two of them children, in Bustan al-Qaser, and another eight in Kallaseh.

It is unclear whether the air strikes were conducted by the regime or the Russian Air Force.

Later in the day, at 12:56 GMT, RT Arabic uploaded an edited version of the same video, this time labelled as a shelling attack by Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate that operates alongside other rebel groups (though not without clashes as seen in Idlib earlier this year).

This is despite the retention of a clear shot of a Syrian Civil Defence volunteer (Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, cannot operate in regime-controlled territory and have been repeatedly targeted by Russian and regime air strikes.)


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2016-04-29 14:30:27
Here is a side-by-side comparison of the videos:
Hadi al-Abdallah tweeted today:

Meanwhile attacks on Aleppo continued today.

-- Pierre Vaux