As­sad laughs when asked about dead chil­dren

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

DA­M­AS­CUS: Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad laughed and said he sleeps fine when he was asked dur­ing an in­ter­view about all the chil­dren killed ev­ery day in Syria.

As­sad also said the deaths of hun­dreds of thou­sands of civil­ians is “the fault of ter­ror­ists” and said “we are talk­ing about war, not char­ity”.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view with The Sun­day Times, As­sad was asked if he sleeps at night with all the chil­dren be­ing killed in Aleppo and other parts of Syria.

He re­port­edly laughed and replied: “I know the mean­ing of that ques­tion. I sleep reg­u­lar, I sleep and work and eat nor­mal and do sports.”

He also shrugged when asked how he felt about all the killing and blamed ter­ror­ists for the Syr­ian cri­sis.

“In war you al­ways have in­no­cents hurt or killed. What do you do? You do your best. Ter­ror­ists are still in Aleppo and use civil­ians as hu­man shields.

“We can’t just stand still and say ‘don’t de­stroy the city’. More im­por­tant than the city are the peo­ple, so we have to do the best for them.”

Dur­ing the in­ter­view, As­sad also re­peated his claim that No­bel Peace Prizenom­i­nated White Hel­mets ma­nip­u­lated and forged pho­tos of dead chil­dren.

He pre­vi­ously said the photo of an in­jured five-year-old Om­ran Daqneesh taken in the af­ter­math of an air strike was faked.

“De­mon­i­sa­tion has reached its peak,” As­sad added.

He claimed Syr­i­ans only have a choice be­tween him and ex­trem­ists.

Speak­ing of him­self in the third per­son, he sug­gested the West would be forced to ac­cept him: “This is a dic­ta­tor, this is killing his peo­ple, drop­ping bar­rel bombs ... there’s noth­ing more they can say about me.”

On Sun­day, his regime was ac­cused of shelling a nurs­ery in Da­m­as­cus killing at least six chil­dren. – The In­de­pen­dent

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