Syria’s state-funded news agency SANA and Turkey’s Anadolu Agency on Saturday ran controversial reports on the Syrian army’s air strikes in the western-central city of Hama.
According to SANA, ‘terrorist’ positions and vehicles belonging to the ‘Jabhat al-Nusra’ (now Jabhat Fatah al-Sham) were destroyed and at least ‘three terorists’ killed by the army air force in the countryside of Idlib and Hama. No mention was made of civilian casualties.
Reporting the same incident Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) claimed that 10 civilians were killed while 20 others were injured by air strikes on Saturday.
No other information was available on the incident from neutral sources.
The two state-funded agencies’ rhetoric against each other is highly provocative. Last month, SANA called Turkish President a ‘killer’ in the title of a report while AA referred to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a ‘dictator’.
With both state-run agencies funded by the taxpayers of the respective countries, their editorial lines are disturbingly reflective of the rhetoric used by the ruling strata of each country, hampering the right to information for the people of Syria and Turkey in an era where the term ‘post-truth’ is fast becoming a mainstream phenomenon.
According to the Syria Live War Map, the Syrian government captured a small area of land near Idlib while the opposition took a bigger space near Homs.