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Syria President Bashar al-Assad addresses reporters following his meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday Dec. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

The Syrian president thinks the picture of the bloody boy in Aleppo is fake


WATCH: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the famous photo of a Syrian boy covered in blood is fake.

Most people paying attention to the news on social media have seen this image. 

It's a picture that's been mentioned by pundits, politicians, and everyday people; a child in Aleppo named Omran Daqneesh sitting with blood all over his face after being pulled from a destroyed building after an airstrike in mid-August. 

But Syrian President Bashar al-Assad isn't so sure it's real. 

During an interview with Swiss TV SRF1, when asked about the photo, Assad said, "We have real pictures of children being harmed, but this one specifically is a forged one."

Assad's assertion has drawn criticism on social media. 

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