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This Video Is Unrelated to Recent Battles East of Euphrates

Yasin Abu Fadel   Sunday 13th October 2019

Yasin Abu Fadel   Sunday 13th October 2019

Social media pages close to the Democratic Union Party (PYD) have circulated a video of children who were crying inside destroyed building, with a text that reads, "Peace to Rojava," referring to areas in Northern Syria controlled by PYD, which is known among Kurds as Rojava or Western Kurdistan.

Circulating the video has coincided with a Turkish military operation, "Operation Peace Spring," in these areas, which is being carried out by Turkey and its allies from the armed Syrian opposition.

Individuals wearing the uniform of the Syrian Civil Defense, the White Helmets, appear in the video trying to help children who were crying inside seriously damaged houses; there is no indication of where or when the video was taken.

Verify-Sy platform inspected the video and reached the conclusion that it was not taken in the PYD-held areas; the footage was taken from larger video of rescuing children and civilians following an airstrike by the Assad regime and its allies against the city of Ma'aret al-Nou'man in Idlib's countryside last May.

During the past few months, the Assad regime and its allies carried out military campaigns against opposition-held areas in the southern countryside of Idlib and northern countryside of Hama; as a result of these campaigns, the Assad regime captured large portions of these areas including the city of Khan Sheikhoun in western Idlib.

Since launching the Turkish military operation, Verify-Sy have spotted dozens of news reports, photos, and video that were unrelated to the ongoing battles there.


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