Activists accused the government of trying to stage scenes for national TV from yesterday's explosion site in Damascus' Midan neighbourhood, after Syrian TV aired "unedited" footage by "mistake".
The first video below, aired on Syrian TV, shows what seems to be an injured man on the floor standing up just before the end of the shoot.
The second video shows what activists alleged, a reporter placing "bags of vegetables" in the street to give the impression that some of the victims were people shopping in the nearby market.
The third video, also taken from national TV, shows a person putting police shields in one of the damaged vans to portray that the victims in the vehicle were from the police force, according to activists.
Russian warships patrolling the eastern Mediterranean Sea have docked at Russia's naval supply facility in the Syrian port of Tartus, the private Addounia TV reported Saturday.Governor of Tartus Imad Naddaf received the ships' leaders and expressed appreciation to Russia's support for Syria, the report said.
Russia's state-owned Itar-Tass news agency quoted a source from the Russian Navy as saying that "It is planned that the port of Tartus will be visited by a big anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet 'Admiral Chabanenko' and an escort ship 'Yaroslav Mudry'."
"Our ships are supposed to stay in Syria for several days," the source said, without giving more details about the warships' mission in the country.
The move is considered by many observers as an apparent show of Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad whose country has been gripped by a nearly 10-month bloody unrest.
The Russian Navy, however, claimed the move was part of scheduled exercises and had no connection with the situation in Syria.
The warships, led by "Admiral Kuznetsov," the country's only aircraft carrier, have started their patrol missions in the Northeast Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea on Dec. 6 to "ensure the security of the sea navigation and other Russian maritime economic activities," according to the Russian Navy. http://www.china.org.cn/world/2012-0...t_24350772.htm