Saving Syria’s Children – more footage

The first two videos below show victims of the alleged incendiary attack depicted in BBC Panorama Saving Syria’s Children arriving at Reyhanli State Hospital, Turkey on either the evening of 26 August or early morning of 27 August 2013.

A conflict between still images of these events and the BBC’s narrative was discussed in this previous post

Readers of this blog will be aware of my contention that scenes featuring the same alleged victims filmed by BBC Panorama at Atareb Hospital, Aleppo on 26 August 2013 were staged. If this is correct then the shots from 30 seconds in the second video of the young girl apparently under sedation would add child abuse to the list of the crimes of those responsible for the fabrication. 

A rough transcript [1] of the first video indicates that the man interviewed from 49 seconds onwards (and who also features in the second video from 1:12) is the father of one of the alleged victims and had attended the scene of the alleged strike scant hours earlier. His calm and collected manner might appear to belie both of these claims.

The man also refers to a phosphorous bomb. The original BBC news report of the incident claimed “the injuries and debris suggests something like napalm or thermite” and Human Rights Watch also referred to “a fuel similar to napalm“. There have been several contradictory claims about the munitions allegedly used in the attack, some of which are collated here.

His reference to “around 60 injured people” at the scene does not necessarily contradict the varying accounts of numbers subsequently treated at Atareb Hospital, which range from 25 to 50

Now that the location of the alleged attack, Urm al-Kubra, Aleppo, is under Syrian government control it is no longer out of the question for journalists to visit. Local residents could elucidate what occurred at the scene and also confirm if the alleged victims filmed by the BBC were indeed inhabitants of the town – as would appear in at least one instance not to be the case.

The third video, below, is a trailer for Saving Syria’s Children which was included in the end credits of another edition of Panorama, Terror in Nairobi, broadcast earlier the same evening, 30 September 2013. It contains two brief clips, not seen in the full Saving Syria’s Children programme: firstly Dr Rola Hallam, in an echo of her famous “chaos and carnage” speech, once more referring to “absolute chaos”; followed by Dr Saleyha Ahsan exclaiming that she’s “never seen anything like it, ever!” 

In both instances the doctors are speaking directly to the camera during a crisis when one would assume the sole focus of their attention would be the patients in their care. The sense of soundbites crafted for dramatic effect is hard to avoid.

The trailer as originally broadcast by the BBC can be viewed in the tweet below.

 

Copies of all three videos are also saved here:

[1] Arrived at via YouTube’s Turkish transcript of the video followed by Google translation. I would be very grateful if someone could provide a more accurate translation.

00:02
and ambulances are again hospitals across the border
00:06
E wounded, this time I carried the numbers
00:08
and his wounds were higher than ever.
00:10
injured were different Syria’s Aleppo
00:14
from the town of Kübra, the forest of the city
00:16
was allegedly brought to Assad forces
00:19
bomb dropped from connected aircraft
00:21
The explosion that hit the town together
00:24
about 60 people injured with
00:26
with the efforts of relatives in Reyhanlı
00:27
Cilvegözü was brought to the border gate and
00:29
chemical biological radiation and nuclear
00:32
after checks in the scout
00:34
Shipped to hospitals in Hatay
00:37
over all of the injured and
00:39
a burns on their bodies
00:41
votes in claims about votes burns
00:44
according to the witnesses of the striking attack
00:46
cause of burns phosphor used
00:48
grenade turya kamilla plane school hit
00:53
bomb and phosphorus threw explosion sound
00:56
When we heard, we went to school and my daughter was among them
00:58
when we went to the scene high school
01:01
we saw the wrong situations of their students
01:03
Even the student’s lifeless body
01:05
there were around 60 injured people
01:10
life threatening of some injured
01:13
in Hatay and its districts
01:15
more wounded in hospitals
01:17
in the area of ​​Rasulayn with the possibility of
01:22
between PYD and Al Nusra forces
01:24
clashes continue and bullets bounce
01:27
Resul the same border neighbor Ceylanpınar
01:29
threatens his district
01:32
conflicts in that area
01:34
intensified anti-aircraft and gunfire
01:37
Meanwhile a bullet that crosses the border
01:40
Süleyman Doğantekin in Ceylanpınar
01:42
injured in the abdomen hit
01:44
Doğantekin was dispatched to Şanlıurfa
01:50
teachers’ house near the border
01:53
an anti-aircraft gun hitting the wall
01:55
bullets also caused panic in the restaurant
01:57
customers and employees panicked
01:59
took a look at themselves
02:02
explosion sounds came out
02:04
can hit the interior

About Robert Stuart

Researching the 2013 BBC Panorama special Saving Syria's Children.

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