The family of Omran Daqneesh, the four-year-old Syrian boy who became an international symbol of Aleppo under siege, has said he was used by opposition activists for propaganda purposes.
Shocking images of the toddler — bloodied, covered in dust and sitting on an orange ambulance chair —  galvanized public opinion across the world following the bombing of Daqneesh’s family home in the rebel-held eastern part of the city last August.
The footage was released by Aleppo’s Media Center to promote the work of the White Helmets, a group of volunteer emergency responders in Syria’s second city.
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But in a series of interviews on pro-Assad outlets broadcast in Syria, Russia, Iran and Lebanon, the boy’s father, Mohamad Kheir Daqneesh, said the Aleppo Media Centre manipulated the strike on his house, and filmed his son without his consent, according to the New York Times.
“They took …