Meanwhile, Syria's state news agency tweets about weekend pool parties in Damascus

Published June 13th, 2015 - 10:40 GMT
Up for a pool party in Damascus? Syria's state news agency thinks you should be. (AFP/File)
Up for a pool party in Damascus? Syria's state news agency thinks you should be. (AFP/File)

In case anyone hasn't noticed yet, Syria is at war. But according to Syria's state news agency SANA, there's also some fun things on in Damascus this weekend. 

On Thursday, these tweets popped up on the agency's English handle.

 

 

 

 

SANA's English Twitter is a strange mix of things. You have tweets about 'terrorist' incidents in Qalamoun, where government forces are locked into fierce clashes with a mixed bag of opposition and Islamist groups, right next to updates about weather. Then there's the annoucements about tourism efforts in places almost completely destroyed by bombings, like this one about Homs. 

 

Syria's been at war for more than four years now, so those following the conflict's progression are not strangers to the propaganda flowing out from all sides. Every week we see new footage documenting rebels' latest victories, not to mention the slickly produced and gruesome bunch of videos disseminated by Daesh.

But these tweets are more striking, perhaps, because they attempt so fervently to deny the existence of the realities of war. And it's a reminder that, despite the horrific atrocities happening on the ground, the war on the Internet is all about image. 


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