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This Photo Was Taken In Aleppo, It Doesn't Show Two Yemeni Brothers Meeting After Airstrike

  Saturday 09th November 2019

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Tweeters recently have circulated photo/graphs of two children embracing each other’s, claiming that they show the moment when two Yemeni brothers met after one of them thought that the other had passed away after an airstrike, without identifying the nature of the airstrike or who had carried it out.

The same photos were posted on a Facebook page on November 7, 2019, reporting that they show two Syrian brothers who met after one of them had thought that the other had passed away. 

The photo/graphs show two boys inside what seems to be a medical point; there is no indication of the identity of the children or when the photo/graphs were taken. However, one of the photo/graphs has the Aleppo Media Center (AMC) watermark, which is a Syrian opposition media organization focused on covering the events in Aleppo province.

Verify-Sy platform inspected the photo/graphs, and found that they are not related to the war in Yemen. In fact, they show two Syrian children crying over their brother, who was murdered by a barrel bomb that targeted their home in Bab al-Nayrab in the city of Aleppo in August 2016, according to AMC.

Verify-Sy could not inspect the circumstances in which the video was taken or the identity of the children. However, the fact that it these photos circulated in 2016, and the AMC watermark, refutes that these photo/graphs were recently taken or that they were taken in Yemen.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) documented the death of 28949 children in Syria from March 2011 to September 2019, over 80% of them were killed by the Assad regime and its allies.

Of note, the Assad regime recaptured Aleppo city in December 2016, after attacking, with Russia’s support, the opposition-held neighborhoods in the city.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia launched a military campaign in Yemen, leading a coalition of countries against the Houthi forces following a request by Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, after the Houthi forces and Yemen’s ex-president forces had seized control of the capital Sanaa and other provinces, in addition to approaching the city of Aden southwest of Yemen.

Last June, the U.N. accused the parties to the conflict in Yemen of committing grave violations against children, and of “flagrant disregard” for their commitments under international law.