Pro-Assad Twitter says West Aleppo suffering ignored

Published October 2nd, 2016 - 09:52 GMT
Victims are pulled from the rubble after a September airstrike in a rebel part of Aleppo (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
Victims are pulled from the rubble after a September airstrike in a rebel part of Aleppo (AFP/Karam al-Masri)

Aleppo, Syria is a city divided between forces loyal to the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and various rebel groups. The former controls the west, the latter the east. Much of the current suffering, devastation and despair in the media is from the east, currently victim to an extensive bombing campaign by Russian and regime jets. Conditions are notably better in west Aleppo, but this part of the city experiences shelling from rebel groups, in addition to other complications of the war. And today and yesterday on Twitter, many pro-Assad Twitter accounts complained this part of the city is getting overlooked.

Today in particular, there was much controversy over an article in The Independent – a British news outlet – on the death of the young Syrian swimmer Mireille Hindoyan and her brother. Some, including pro-Assad tweeters, said the article originally did not mention the possibility that rebel shelling killed the two.

However, the article, which was penned by Katie Forster, now includes the claims that rebel groups were responsible for the deaths, but says they cannot be verified.

Earlier, other pro-regime accounts reported the tragic deaths of the two children.

And while the Twitter duked it out over the controversy, the battle for Aleppo raged on. Several hospitals were hit by airstrikes in east Aleppo earlier today.

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