Initial reports of an airstrike on a bakery in Syria were met by howls of outrage across the world.
Reuters reported that:
Of course, none of this was independently verified as Reuters do not have a team on the ground. Therefore they are relying on reports from what they describe as "activists", namely rebel fighters such as the one quoted above.Dozens of people were killed in an air strike while queuing for bread in Syria's central Hama province on Sunday, activists said, with some residents giving an initial count of 90 dead..... "When I got there, I could see piles of bodies all over the ground. There were women and children," said Samer al-Hamawi, an activist.... Note1
Several days after the attack, the FSA confirmed 23 people died in the attack. All of them were men.
Now the BBC have even begun to doubt the events with Lebanon correspondent Jim Muir noting that:On top of that, initial footage released to media outlets should have raised suspicion immediately. The original raw footage clearly shows that all of the dead and injured are men of fighting age who are either armed or wearing army fatigues. There is no footage to suggest the building is a bakery and at one point (9.42 in the video) a fresh piece of bread is clearly thrown into a pool of blood. A clear attempt to make it appear as if a bakery was targeted."It is not out of the question that regime jets managed to strike a concentration of rebel fighters..."Note2
The Syrian government meanwhile, has said the attack was a 'terrorist attack' and not carried out by its troops.
The damage is very light for an alleged airstrike, and as ex-Scotland Yard detective and counter-terrorism officer Charles Shoebridge suggests, was this a rebel arms dump accidental explosion dressed up as an airstrike on civilians to gain sympathy?
And why did the mass media, despite having very questionable raw footage, continue to peddle the line that this was some sort of massacre against civilians despite no conclusive proof?