5 Arrested After Egyptian Police Bust Staged Photo Shoot Of "Wounded Aleppo Children"

Tyler Durden's picture

Readers who have been following the crisis in Aleppo have seen media reports of videos and photos allegedly originating from innocent children victims, pleading against the advance of the Assad forces. And while there have been various accusations that these clips, like the infamous "chemical attack" YouTube clip from 2013, were staged, such reports were promptly slammed by the mainstream media as "fake news" and roundly ignored. However, if one ever needed a reason to be skeptical of claims, photographs, and/or videos coming out of the region, and the MSM's appeals to readers emotions based on fabricated facts, Egyptian authorities have just provided it.

Egyptian police arrested five people in Port Said, Egypt for making staged "wounded children" photos, which they were planning to use to misrepresent on social media as photos of destruction and injured people in Syria's Aleppo, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said on Monday. The group also made fake videos that purport to show the wreckage of air strikes in Aleppo.

The shooting team, which included the photographer's assistants and parents of the children, was detained in the Egypt's province of Port Said," the Ministry said on Facebook.

According to the Ministry, the police witnessed the shooting process, which was taking place near the vestiges of a building destroyed as illegal under the decision of the local authorities. A girl standing in a white dress covered in "blood" that later proved to be paint, drew attention of a police officer driving by. The girl held a teddy bear covered in the same "blood" and had her arm "bandaged".

The Facebook statement said the videographer, his assistants, and the parents of two children who appear in the footage were detained after a trail led police to them at a building site awaiting demolition. The five have reportedly admitted they were planning to distribute their footage on social media, which was supposed to show an eight-year-old girl in a white dress and bandages, covered in red stains while holding a teddy bear.

“A 12-year-old boy is also interviewed about what life is like under intensive Russian-backed Syrian government air strikes,” reported
The Independent

The photographer also admitted that he was going to publish these photos on social media as pictures of Aleppo.

To be sure, this one instance does not mean all footage coming out of the region is fake. It also does not mean every claim made by Russian, Syrian, and Iranian officials about the conflict is true in comparison. Still, the fact remains that journalists aren’t going to rebel-held areas for fear of execution. Instead, they rely on the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is run by one anti-Assad dissident in Coventry, England. So-called Syrian activists and the shady group known as the White Helmets make up the rest of the reports in Syria, even though they both have also been largely criticized and discredited.

Also troubling is the willingness of the conventional media to accept most of these reports at face value without ever questioning their authenticity.

The fact the mass media disproportionately focuses on Aleppo while turning a blind eye to the horrendous crimes being committed in Yemen courtesy of the United States, the United Kingdom, and an inexperienced Saudi-led coalition indicates the media’s concerns for human rights in Syria are disingenuous, as the AntiMedia correctly notes.

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justdues's picture

And in particular Fakebook

Rich from PDT's picture

It was those damn Ruskies again!!!


No Cucks, No Fags, No Weak White Men

"Just Real Talk... for Real Men"

Refuse-Resist's picture

Hmm.  (((six downvotes))) hmm.




I'm sure there are plenty of wounded children, but sometimes they are not available for the cameras. 

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

...or the ones available do not support the official US-approved "truth".


bobbbny's picture


Fucking Russians.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Dec 20, 2016 9:08 PM

Good for the Egyptian police. Good catch.

G-R-U-N-T's picture

All they're doing is emulating the U.S. MSM, they couldn't have a better role model!

flaminratzazz's picture

horrendous crimes being committed in Yemen courtesy of the United States, the United Kingdom, and an inexperienced Saudi-led coalition indicates the media’s concerns for human rights in Syria are disingenuous, as the AntiMedia correctly notes.

senior Trump advisers have stated they would be willing to take the issue to the WTO.


So who really is killing everyone? or , who owns bartertowm?

Jim in MN's picture

I think you mean Martyrtown.

War Machine's picture

SITE intelligence is bullshit, too.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ War,

You stole my Thunder. Logic would dictate that this was another Mossad / CIA produced Propaganda piece disseminated by Zionists at SITE.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

SITE Intelligence = Rita Katz/Mossad

That's the only equation you need to know...

HowdyDoody's picture

Come on, that's a little unfair. It is good business to negotiate exclusive distribution rights for an up-and-coming global brand such as ISIS. There are now major headquarters worldwide - ISIS Langley, ISIS London, ISIS Tel Aviv with one pending as ISIS Raqqa.

fbazzrea's picture

what a crock... pathetic.

is Soros running ads for independent "movie" producers in Egypt?


Refuse-Resist's picture

Whereever there is evil, you are sure to find an abundant supply of (((bucks))) funding it all, printed into existence by smart and saavy bankers.

Muh Economy!

Shpedly's picture

If they had and showed real pictures of what's happening over there, you'd puke you guts out. I pray that Trump will be a swift peace maker.

hongdo's picture

"If they had and showed real pictures of what's happening over there"

Do that or get out of the news business.

They did that in Vietnam. But too scared, lazy, and afraid to mess up their hair now.

Shpedly's picture

Exactly. Just a bunch of cowards with a phone camera.

Ignatius's picture


More proof of the power of Hollyweird.

YHC-FTSE's picture

Together with the nutjobs who fake stories just to get notoriety, there's a lot of money going around to encourage it - some no doubt from the half a billion dollars or more the US government spends on professionals to make fake propaganda videos. SITE Intel and various MSM outlets constantly churn out absurd lies that can easily be verified as such within minutes.

Here's something I don't get. I just read a popular msm story about the Syrian ambassador to the UN, Dr.Jaafari, presenting a fake photo to the Security Council to show how Syrian govt soldiers are helping civilians in Aleppo. Apparently it was a photo of an incident that happened in Iraq, not Syria. Now, I like Jaafari. I thought his sarcastic interviews with the MSM (Youtube video of Syrian ambassador to the UN reading out names of intel agents trapped in E.Aleppo -4mins) were very droll and there are enough real images and VT feeds of civilians being helped in Aleppo by the SAA so I wondered why the fuck he would use a fairly well known stock photo that could be so easily identified as fake.

He needs to find out which of his staff sourced it, who supplied it and when because there is an obvious mole in his staff.

There's so much bullshit in war, we usually have to wait decades and proper historians to wade through the lies to get a clear picture. Even then, it is consigned to an obscure documentary that nobody watches.

Edit: As "fake news" reaches fever pitch, I can see a time when the neocons will pay some poor schmuck to fake a pro-Assad or pro-Putin video then have the police do a big msm raid extravaganza to push the narrative that everything from alternative news is fake. We already saw in the leaked Podesta emails that's how they work to discredit their rivals - fake fights, fake victims, even trying to sneak in fake documents into Wikileaks.

WTFUD's picture

Waterboard them until you get the link to Soros!

shimmy's picture

This type of stuff is why I pretty much don't believe anything that has political ties anymroe unless there is full on proof it is true. This goes for the whole boogeymen AQ/ISIS stuff as well. 

navy62802's picture

Re-instate the Smith-Mundt Act. Should never have been repealed. At this point, three years after the Act's repeal, one can only assume that all mass-media in the US is just a huge psychological operation against the American people.

Graph's picture

We allowed sleaziest commercials in our life.

This is a logical upgrade.

dlweld's picture

Check out this source on the situation in Syria and Aleppo -


Her, I trust

YHC-FTSE's picture

I guessed it would either be Eva Bartlett, Vanessa Beeley or Lizzie Phelan. I've mentioned these heroic ladies more than a few times on ZH. It has been only a few days since that video at the UN and the msm are already expending their resources trying to discredit her (https://www.channel4.com/news/factcheck/factcheck-eva-bartletts-claims-a...).

Anyone who is effective at telling the truth or alternative views of war is being targeted by the establishment. We've all seen this most of our lives - this sort of coordinated attack against information is always a prelude to war. This is what zionists do as standard operating procedure - lie, obsfucate, play the victim and discredit. It's disgusting.

Mediocritas's picture

Putin was put up for PM by the oligarchs. He proceeded to outplay them masterfully, evicting them from Russia and from their positions of control. Though they did manage to take with them a huge amount of illegal loot on their ways to London and New York.

So much of what is going on now is simply the desire for revenge from that quarter and an ambition to reclaim the total control that was briefly held over Russia and its ever-suffering populace.


sinbad2's picture

This sort of thing isn't new, the Pentagon paid Bell Pottinger, a UK firm $540 million to create fake terror videos.

The Syrian White Helmets only operate in areas controlled by al Nusra.

The Pentagon gives large amounts of money and assistance to Hollywood, which is still Americas number one propaganda outlet.

 The NATO White Helmets are primarily a media campaign to support the ‘regime change’ goals of the USA and allies. After being founded by security contractor James LeMesurier, the group was “branded” as the White Helmets in 2014 by a marketing company called “The Syria Campaign” managed out of New York by non-Syrians such as Anna Nolan. “The Syria Campaign” was itself “incubated” by another marketing company named “Purpose”.



Although all the payments are hidden, the Syrian war is costing American tax payers trillions of dollars.

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) sinbad2 Dec 20, 2016 10:07 PM

speaking of Hollywood BS have you seem the trailer for "Patriot's Day"- the crisis actors' checks have barely cleared and they've already made a movie about the Boston Bombing

YourAverageJoe's picture

Ah yes, Boston....where the Bill of Rights went to die.

Who was that masked man's picture

Yeah, the filming was being directed by Steven Spielberg.  Big surprize.

yellowsub's picture

Trace where they are getting paid from...

Joebloinvestor's picture

I was kinda hoping that the gun camera stuff was real.

Lost in translation's picture

Fake news caught being fake.

Looking forward to professional douchebag Shane Smith's arrest, too...

derrr's picture

So we almost got useful information in this story...how about asking they guy Who Paid Him to Do it? Sheeat, follow the money bitchez. Mossad at 94.7%

gregga777's picture

Everything presented by the CMSM (Conporate Mainstream Propaganda Media) about Syria are CIA-directed, staged studio productions. In fact, everything presented by the CMSM (Conporate Mainstream Propaganda Media) about alleged terrorist attacks, like in Nice and Orlando, are CIA-directed, staged productions using crisis actors and dummies for dead bodies. The CMSM can't be trusted regarding anything.

General Titus's picture

I ask this of people all the time. Question 1 What has secular Syria ever done to the US for the US to try and overthrow it?

Question 2 If secular Syria is fighting the same terrorist group "Al-Qaeda" that we were told di 9/11, why would the CIA be helping them to destroy secular Syria?  Does that fact raise susspicions about the story we were told about 9/11?

Question 3 Do you find it strange and unsettling that the current administration shares the same goals and objectives as the Al-qaeda & ISIS terrorists against secular Syria & its large & old Christian community?

refill6times's picture


#1  Nothing

#2A Rothchild family

#2B Yes

#3 Yes


What do I win General?

Victor999's picture

The answer to alll questions involves Israel.

Suleyman's picture

A troll targeting critical thinkers? To make every critical post look stupid by assosiation?

General Titus's picture

And how many of the "mass shootings" in the US have been staged using crisis actors?  They staged many scenes during the illegal bombing campaign against the Orthodox Christian Serbs to assist the narco-terrorist human & organ trafficking muslim terrorist KLA in Kosovo

Chet Ricco's picture

Wow! An 8 year old girl or a 12 year old boy, how difficult of a choice is that for any self respecting muslim man?

HowdyDoody's picture

aka Don't look at Pizzagate, look at teh muslimes.


Refuse-Resist's picture

In our society, pedophilia is taboo. In semitic societies, it's holy and considered A-OK.  9 year old brides or sucking the blood our of a freshly circumcised infant penis.

Take your pick.




gregga777's picture

The best tactics to use to fan the flames of guerilla or asymmetric warfare:

• bomb innocent civilians at weddings and wedding celebrations;
• bomb civilian hospitals killing babies, children, women, men, doctors and nurses;
• ensure maximum civilian deaths when striking at militants in remote desert and mountain locations;
• don't ask questions, just kill as many people as possible;
• count all civilian deaths, including babies and children, among the combatant body counts—their relatives won't forget you;
• train the secret police and military forces of the most vile and repressive regimes on the planet—their people will long remember that assistance;
• always lie about why a nation's people oppose their corrupt, repressive regimes—labeling them all Communists usually works;
• make sure that repressive regimes receive quantity discounts on the weapons that they use to suppress their people—it's great advertising;

Occams_Razor_Trader's picture

Too bad Barry is in Hawaii - it would be a good time for him to tell us if we should believe this or not.

I'm pretty sure even if Hillary had won- they'd be playing this narrative to control the dissemination of the "truth" (according to them).