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A still from the Syrian Tourism Ministry's video
Syrian Tourism Ministry offers relaxing vacation in country ravaged by war
As Syria’s civil war rages on, causing the deaths of some 500,000 people and a global wave of millions of refugees, the Syrian Tourism Ministry under President Bashar al-Assad puts out a video presenting the country as a serene waterfront getaway; the Arab world reacts sarcastically to the video, asking who the ministry is trying to fool.

Despite leading a massacre of his own people, over the last five years, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has made it a point to present a “business as usual” front while the Syrian civil war continues on. And so, while close to half a million people have been killed in the conflict and five million have been displaced, Assad’s regime persists in publishing propaganda, as an attempt to divert the world’s attention from the crisis. An extreme example of this was recently issued by the Syrian Ministry of Tourism, which put out a video presenting Syria as a prime tourist destination.

 

 

“Syria – Always Beautiful” is the tagline for the video, which spans close to two minutes and features an aerial shot of Syria’s beaches while soothing techno music pierces the listener’s ears. The coastline shot in the video is under the control of the Alawites, an ethnic group that Assad’s family belongs to. The beaches featured appear to be the Latakia and Tartus beaches.

 

The Syrian Tourism Ministry's video

The Syrian Tourism Ministry's video

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The video was greeted with ridicule by the rest of the Arab world. “Who is the Syrian Tourism Ministry laughing at?!” read the headline of Kuwaiti newspaper Al Qabas, which wondered why the ministry chose not to show photos from other, less scenic regions of the country.

A still from the video
A still from the video

Syria's coastline as featured in the video
Syria's coastline as featured in the video

The video's tagline
The video's tagline


Footage from the destruction caused by an attack in Aleppo, earlier this month (Photo: AFP)
Footage from the destruction caused by an attack in Aleppo, earlier this month (Photo: AFP)

An injured man from an attack in Aleppo (Photo: Reuters)
An injured man from an attack in Aleppo (Photo: Reuters)

 

Over the past few months, the Syrian Tourism Ministry has begun to upload similar videos to its Facebook page. Another such video features a race car driving through the streets of Damascus, as the tagline read that the wheel of life continues moving.

 


פרסום ראשון: 09.03.16, 12:10
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