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Aleppo boy's father accuses 'White Helmets' of trading his son's image

Логотип TASS TASS 14.06.2017 TASS

GENEVA, June 14. /TASS/. The father of Omran Daqneesh, a Syrian boy whose photo was distributed by the western media as the symbol of Aleppo’s suffering, claims that members of the White Helmets pseudo-humanitarian organization turned up at the blast site before an ambulance team was called for and later used his son’s photo to achieve their own goals, Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Alexei Borodavkin said during a tele-conference dedicated to the December 2016 liberation of Aleppo.

"We were in our flat at the time," Mohammad Daqneesh said. "Everything was quiet, we did not hear aircraft approaching but suddenly a blast came. While my son was being evacuated, I was surprised to see that some reporters from eastern Aleppo had turned up before the ambulance team," he added.

The boy’s father also said that his son had been photographed without his permission. "After that they began trading the photo," Muhammad Daqneesh noted. "He had a small scratch but they were saying that the boy was in a terrible condition. They actually started trading my son and all Syrian children."

"I would like to deliver a message to the world - children should be symbols of peace and not war, they should not be involved in trade. I want my son to be a symbol of love and peace in Syria, as I want peace to return to Syria," Omran’s father added.

Omran, a healthy boy in a good mood, was also present at the tele-conference’s platform in Aleppo. However, he was too shy to address the audience and only waved his hand to the participants in the tele-conference.

Borodavkin earlier pointed to Omran’s story as an evidence proving the media campaign aimed at denigrating the Syrian troops and the Russian Aerospace Force’s operation to liberate Aleppo.


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