According to reports of Western media that refer to the propagandistic “Syrian Observatory for human rights”, on Tuesday, 19 April 2016, as a result of two strikes of the air force of Syria in Idlib province about 44 people were killed.
According to the “Syrian Observatory”, located in the UK, 37 people were killed in an airstrike on market in the town of Maaret an-Nouman. Seven more people died during the bombing of Kafr-Nabl city, according to the source of SOFHR. Both cities are controlled by the Syrian opposition.
According to the testimony of local residents, the air strikes were inflicted by barrel bombs on markets and residential areas.
The U.S. state Department spokesman J. Kirby speaking on the incident said that “an airstrike, most likely, was launched by the Syrian air force, however, new information continues to come”.
According to the source in the Syrian General Staff, April 19the Syrian Air Forces did not provide any combat sorties in Idlib province, as all the forces were deployed to repel the attack of terrorists in the Latakia and Aleppo provinces.
Propaganda and contradictory messages
Apparently, this is another fake of militants whose goal is to justification of “the Riyadh group” rejection to continue the negotiations in Geneva under the pretext of accusations of the Syrian government in attacks against civilians.
Interestingly, that one of the first media agencies who published this information was the Turkish propaganda Agency “Anadolu”. Erdogan’s media refers to its own sources in the ranks of the fighters:
“At least 33 people were killed and 47 wounded in attack of the Syrian Air Forces on the market in the region of Maarat an-Numan and the village Kafr Nubul in Idlib province in Northern Syria. As reported the representative of the office of civil defense in Maarat an-Numan Omer Alwan, in Maarat an-Numan market 28 civilians were killed, 35 were injured. Kafr Nubul was also bombed, five people died and 12 were wounded there. In result of the airstrike the region got major damages,”
The custom nature of mass media publications is confirmed by the nature of the posts on this subject. Originally, the April 19 evening, it was reported about the use of “barrel bombs” without specifying the exact time of the incident.
As is known, such munitions are dropped from helicopters, not planes, and the extent of the devastation demonstrated on the photos does not size up to one ton of trinitrotoluene. So by the next morning “barrel bomb” has already disappeared from reports in the Western media.
However, the crater from the explosion of even common bomb on dozens of photos from the place of the incident is not visible. Most likely, it was the staged attack to discredit the Syrian authorities.
Besides, the militants have established a system of photo and visual documenting of raids on settlements controlled by them, and in this case there were not published any photos demonstrating the helicopters of the Syrian Air Forces, that is causing another large doubts about the veracity of this information.