He tweeted that he was tired of "staged" scenes before deleting the post.
"Sick and tired of activists and rebels using corpses of dead children to stage emotive scenes for Western consumption. Then they wonder why some serious journos are questioning part of the narrative," BBC Foreign News Producer Riam Dalati wrote on Twitter. He later deleted that tweet, but not before others in the Twittersphere managed to grab a screenshot of it.
When a Twitter user wrote that Dalati was under pressure from the BBC to 'toe the line,' presumably by pointing the finger at Syrian President Bashar Assad, the journalist said this wasn't true, and that he deleted the tweet due to a "breach of editorial policy."
"Not so… original tweet correctly deemed in breach of editorial policy thru (sic) use of 'sick/tired'" and by not providing context for a picture of a deceased Syrian girl who appeared to be giving a 'last hug' to another child who appeared to have died.