The Syrian President claimed in an interview that the picture of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh covered in blood and debris was forged.

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not moved by the picture that shocked the world and claimed during an interview with a Swiss television station that the photo of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh covered in blood and debris was doctored.

In the interview, Assad said that the pictures of Daqneesh were forged in order to be used as propaganda against him. The Syrian President clarified that he can back up his claims with pictures that reveal the truth.

The picture of Daqneesh made international headlines in August 2016. As reported by JOL, Daqneesh is seen covered in blood in a video clip from the night his home was bombed in a Syrian Army airstrike.