Pro-opposition activists have seized on the presence of a teddy bear (bottom left corner) in raising doubts about the incident.
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The opposition Syrian National Coalition has demanded an investigation into a widely reported ambush of Islamist fighters outside Damascus Wednesday, saying the victims were mainly civilians trying to escape a siege on the capital's eastern Ghouta suburbs.Syria's state media and Hezbollah's Al-Manar television, among other outlets, gave wide coverage to what was said to be the killing of at least 175 fighters, which they said were from the Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda affiliate, and the Islam Army, a large, Salafist rebel militia.The Islam Brigade, a member of the Islamic Front, has denied that its fighters were killed, saying that the dead were mainly civilians, accompanied by a number of fighters in a bid to flee the Ghouta.An activist with knowledge of the movements of fighters and civilians in the eastern Ghouta told The Daily Star that the ambush targeted one of two convoys that left the area that night, in a bid to head south and arrive in Jordan.Other activists weighing in seized on Al-Manar's own grainy footage of the attacks, emphasizing that 175 fighters would not be walking leisurely in a long, single-file line on an exposed road, especially with enemy troops in the vicinity.
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