With the death toll in Syria's anti-regime protests rising and faced with harsh criticism by the West, Syrian President Bashar Assad seems to be desperate to prove the reports of his security forces' brutality are exaggerated.
Saturday afternoon saw Tens of thousands of Syrian mourners en route to the southern town of Ezreh, for the funerals of 18 people killed by security forces during protests, a rights activist said.
Funerals were also due to take place in other parts of Syria, following one of the bloodiest days of protests since unprecedented pro-democracy demonstrations erupted on March 15.
Items recovered by Syrian security forces
The State-run SANA news agency reported that Syrian security forces recovered mobile phones using non-Syrian SIM cards, positioning software and digital cameras containing short fabricated videos depicting acts of violence and fake repression of protests.
According to the report, the phones and cameras were carried by members of an armed criminal group that attacked a military location in Rakhem al-Hirak area in Daraa countryside.
"Group members also carried clubs, swords and metal implements that were used during protests against security forces, in addition to bottles full of real blood to be used in filming fabricated acts of violence and bottles filled with gasoline to start fires," the report said.
Earlier Saturday, US President Barack Obama condemned Damascus' violent suppression of the protests, saying it was using Tehran's brutal tactics to stifle the opposition.
Shortly after that, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also demands violence against protesters cease immediately, further urging a 'transparent, independent inquiry into the killings.
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