A British journalist has claimed that Syria’s armed rebels were trying to get him killed in order to use his death to fuel the West-led propaganda against Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
Channel 4’s journalist, Alex Thomson, claimed that Syrian rebels had set him up to die “in the middle of no-man’s-land” near the Lebanese border after he and UN officials met at al Qusayr, a city in western Syria.
Thomson said the rebels did not accept that he had a visa from the Syrian government and deliberately gave them incorrect directions writing on Channel 4’s website, “We are led another route. Led in fact, straight into a free-fire zone.”
Nevertheless, despite Thomson’s claims that they could be shot at by the Syrian army, they got out of what he called “a free-fire zone” safe and sound.
Moreover, while remaining suspicious that Syria’s armed rebels set them up to be killed by the Syrian army, Thomson did not mention the possibility that they could be killed by the armed rebels themselves in a propaganda against the Syrian government as in many cases like the recent Houla massacre.
“I have no doubt in my mind what happened, nor independently, does the very experienced cameraman I was with, and, perhaps more importantly than that, neither does the driver or the translator we were working with have any doubt at all that we were deliberately led out of that town, which the rebels knew was dangerous,” said Thomson in an interview with Russia’s English news channel Russia Today.