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Pro-Assad reporter smiles for camera with bodies in background

Syrian journalist Kinana Allouch has become infamous for her callous attitude during civil war

Syrian pro-regime reporter Kinana Allouche (YouTube screenshot)
Syrian pro-regime reporter Kinana Allouche (YouTube screenshot)

As the Syrian civil war rages on and the body count mounts, one pro-regime television journalist has elicited the ire of social media over her propensity to appear laughing and smiling around the bodies of slain Syrians.

Kinana Allouche, a reporter for the pro-Bashar Assad channel Al-Sama TV, posted a selfie of herself in April in which she was seen grinning beside the bodies of dead rebels, leading to condemnation and disgust by users on Twitter and Facebook.

A video making the rounds in recent days appears to show Allouche standing and laughing over the bodies of children killed in fighting in the city of Aleppo, as men — possibly the children’s fathers — scream in anger.

Users on Twitter called Allouche’s behavior “despicable” and “scandalous,” others called her names and expressed disgust.

Warning: Potentially disturbing images

One Syrian opposition activist quoted by Israel’s Walla website said the smiling selfie “can somehow be explained as [the rebels] were fighting against regime forces, and she was glad they were dead…but there is no excuse in the world for laughing over the dead bodies of children who were killed in areas controlled by the regime.”

Syrian schoolchildren run past heavily damaged buildings in the rebel-held are of Jobar, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, April 30, 2016. (AFP Photo/Amer Almohibany)
Syrian schoolchildren run past heavily damaged buildings in the rebel-held are of Jobar, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, April 30, 2016. (AFP Photo/Amer Almohibany)

Fierce clashes were reported in Aleppo between rebels and pro-government forces over the weekend and into Monday. Syria’s largest city and once its commercial center has been contested since the summer of 2012.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed since the country’s civil war began in 2011.

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