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27 Nov 2013 05:00

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Aid into Yarmouk Refugee Camp, Syria
By Transterra Editor
09 Apr 2014

Location: South Damascus, Syria
Slug: New shipment of aid into refugees camp
Duration: 03’ 27”
Aspect Ratio/Def: 16:9/ SD
Sound/Language: Natural/Arabic
Source: TTM
Restrictions: TTM clients only
Dateline: 18-03-2014


Distribution of food aid, polio vaccines and milk in al- Yarmouk Camp in Damascus and the evacuation of humanitarian cases was resumed on Tuesday, according to head of the political department of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in Damascus, Ambassador Anwar Abdelhadi.

Maher Sheikha, the medical services officials at the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said: “800 milk containers, 2,000 polio vaccines, 200 vitamin ampoules, and 1,000 packets of salts were brought into the camp and delivered to the Palestinian Red Crescent.”

He added that several people in critical condition have been evacuated and talks are ongoing to evacuate others.


  1. Wide shot of the main street at the entrance to the al-Yarmouk refugees camp
  2. Wide of two ambulance vehicles parked outside the al-Yarmouk camp reading in Arabic: Palestinian Red Crescent Society, in english P.R.C.S
  3. Close of an ambulance reading in Arabic: Palestinian Red Crescent Society
  4. Wide of devastation at the entrance of the camp
  5. Two shots of narrow streets inside the camp where destroyed and burned buildings showing
  6. Med of male residents of the camp crowding in wait for aid
  7. Med of elderly woman approaching to the camera followed by two volunteers helping a man on wheeled-chair
  8. Wide of residents of the camp wondering in a devastated street with volunteers and UNRWA workers
  9. Med of male residents waiting for their turn to get aid inside the camp
  10. Two shots of UN workers handing out food to the residents of the camp
  11. Wide of an alley inside the camp
  12. Wide of people at check point inside the camp in wait to get food
  13. Med of a young man in military uniform with residents behind waiting for the aid
  14. Med of women waiting in line inside the camp
  15. Tilt down from destroyed buildings to women inline inside the camp waiting for their shares of food
  16. Close of a little boy drawing the Victory sign with his fingers standing beside his mother inline with other women
  17. Med of women waiting inline
  18. Two lines of men and women in wait for the aid to arrive
  19. (soundbite)(ARABIC) male resident of the camp, no name given
    “ Only one meal! I’m standing here to talking to you and feeling as if i am fainting, I’m about to fall, I have never eaten since yesterday. I pray to God to help us”
  20. Med of women standing inline waiting to receive food aid
  21. (soundbite)(ARABIC) female resident of the camp, no name given
    “ We are suffering a lot of hunger, we go to Yalda to buy stuff and they sell us nothing, they ask us to get back to the camp”
  22. Wide of completely devastated main street inside the camp
  23. (soundbite)(ARABIC) elderly women from the camp, no name given
    “ All my children had been displaced, they all left their houses, their houses had been robbed. We had not even tasted bread for nine months. There is no food in the camp, they sell 1 kilo of rice for ten thousand pound. I’m an elderly woman and I’m all alone in the house. Everyday they attack me and I always have to hide, about what religion and what faith they are talking? May God not forgive them! May they slaughter and kill me!”
  24. Wide of destroyed building. Pull out to wider view of residents of the camp inline to get food
  25. Wide of men and women in line to register their names before getting aid
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Eastern Ghouta-Chemical Attack Aftermath
Zamalka, Eastern Ghouta, Syria
By Transterra Editor
09 Apr 2014

Seven months after the Sarin gas attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta on August 21st, 2013, some survivors speak out. Estimates of the death toll range between 300 to more than one thousand. The attack was blamed on the government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

Om Mahmoud – Medic
''This is the road I take everyday for work and on the day of the attack it was really hard to see here, it was all covered in fog. A missile hit over there and another one over here, they were car accidents cause the people couldn’t see anything. There were bodies everywhere; we were basically walking on corpse. We didn’t know what to do; we didn’t expect the chemicals to be dropped in these proportions. We did all we can do to help and save people. I hope we saved lots of lives.''

Name – Profession: Om Mahmoud – Medic
''The strike happened at 2:30 in the morning, 2 passed 10 we saw the missiles in the air. At first we thought it was regular chemical weapons, which will give us 3 or 4 martyrs only, like they always hit us with. Of course no one believes that they’re using chemical weapons on us. We took the people to the roofs, thinking that the chemicals stay on the ground, cause it’s heavy. Then people started calling for everyone to leave Zamalka, I was like, I’m medical staff, I have to stay here. All the way here the road was covered in fog and ambulances. I arrived to this area; there were corpses and car accidents everywhere. Here hit the first shell close to the hospital, and there was a huge amount of martyrs here. We were forced to walk on the corpses so we could save some people. At the end we couldn’t even see the needles that we were supposed to use. We did all we could, to help the children and women. Finally we were hit as well; our nervous system was hit at the hospital. Another shell hit the same area here next to the hospital, and we couldn’t do or feel anything. We couldn’t see or here, our nerves were not functioning. It took me two days to recover, I was one of the first people vomiting blood, and the doctors were surprised. There were other cases too, different ones since there were thousands of people who were hit, and children were hit. It was really horrible; whoever didn’t see this can’t imagine what it was like. There were bodies everywhere, we were taking them and putting them in cars, I was bleeding and vomiting blood. I was affected by the chemical, I feel like I have the flu constantly and I’m experiencing hair loss. I’m affected by the chemical, it’s for good. No one believed us; they think we’re imagining all this. Whatever we say it’s not enough. If we buried the children and elderly, if Buthayna Shaaban and come and see. They think we played them; it’s Bashar al Assad who played us.

Interviewer: What are the after effects of the strike?

Om Mahmoud: Everybody is suffering from depression. There is not a single home that didn’t lose a family member. There are families where only one person is left alive. You see those people have completely lost their minds. I know someone in that situation. You can see him walk down the street and he’s completely disillusioned. His brothers, sisters and parents are all gone. Families as they were sleeing all died. Some bodies were found after several days, once the chemical dispersed from the air. All this is a lesson for us, so we’d know that the regime is corrupt and everyone supports it. They think we’re not from this earth, we’re residents of Mars.

Interviewer: Did you lose anyone?

Om Mahmoud: I didn’t lose anyone from my family but I lost lots of colleagues and friends. In Eastern Ghouta, a lot of people died. At least 6 people from the medical center, where I work, died. Sadly.''

FSA Fighter:
''On the day of the chemical attacks, we were sleeping, so were the civilians. Some of the revolutionaries were on the frontline and at 2:30 in the morning, they hit us with chemical weapons. We felt it and went outside and found people dying so we called for first aid to come and help the people in these towns. Hundreds of people were affected, children, women and men. We were working in aiding people, driving back and forth and getting the affected. Some people died from the shelling as they were being transported, they hit the area with missiles and rockets. They hit us with everything there is and destroyed the buildings and the streets, so that ambulances wouldn’t be able to transport the people. The shelling kept going for three days, with rockets and warplanes, on Zamalka. Thank to God though the army wasn’t able to move forward.

Interviewer: Were any children martyred?

FSA Fighter: Children are dying here because of the chemical attack, and there is around a 1000, 1500 martyrs that were taken from Zamalka.

Interviewer: What are the psychological and other effects?

FSA Fighter: The effect is that you walk around here and not see anyone, everyone left. Young people, men and children, all left, there’s no one left. You walk around here and find yourself alone. You tell yourself this is this person’s house and that is that family’s but no one left here.''

Child 1
''Child One: I was in Zamalka at home.

Interviewer: What did you feel when the chemical strike happened?

Child One: I felt like my eyes got affected and my stomach started to hurt.

Interviewer: Was anyone from your family hit?

Child one: My dad and two of my uncles.

Interviewer: Did they get wounded or were they martyred?

Child one: They were martyred?

Interviewer: How did your dad die?

Child one: My dad was working in first aid and while he was doing his job he suddenly fell down to the floor.

Interviewer: Did you see your dad getting killed?

Child One: I didn’t see him except in the photographs.''

Child 2
''Interviewer: Where were you during the chemical attacks?

Child Two: I was at home in Zamalka.

Interviewer: What were you doing during the attack?

Child Two: I was sleeping.

Interviewer: What did you feel during the attack.

Child Two: I didn’t feel anything; I woke up and found out that a lot of people died, including family.

Interviewer: Did the chemicals affect you?

Child Two: No they didn’t

Interviewer: Did anyone from your family die?

Child Two: My uncle and my grandparents were martyred, and two other uncles were hit but they were hospitalized and survived.

Interviewer: What can you say about your uncle and grandparents?

Child Two: They used to loves us a lot, and we used to visit them often. It really saddened us.''

Child 3
''Interviewer: Where were you during the chemical attacks?

Child Three: In Zamalka at home.

Interviewer: What were you doing during the attack?

Child Three: I was sleeping

Interviewer: What happened after the attack?

Child Three: I woke up and went to my grandma’s; I waited there and ended up at the hospital.

Interviewer: Did anything happen to any of your relatives?

Child Three: Only my aunt, my dad and my cousin died.

Interviewer: What do you have to say about your dad?

Child Three: He used to love us a lot, and we used to play together and go out''

Child 4
''Interviewer: Where were you during the chemical attack?

Child Four: I was asleep at home.

Interviewer: What did you feel when the chemical attack happened?

Child Four: I didn’t feel anything I just woke up.

Interviewer: The chemical didn’t affect you?

Child Four: My eyes started hurting.

Interviewer: Did anything happen to any of your relatives?

Child Four: Both my brothers.

Interviewer: What happened?

Child Four: They were martyred''

''Until the first aid team arrived, we stayed for around two hours at home; they arrived and found us inside. We couldn’t see clearly, we were nauseous and were experiencing difficulty breading and coughing unnaturally. They took us out of the area and gave us the proper medicine.

Interviewer: Who got martyred or got hit in your family?

Man: No one was martyred in the family thank God, but we were all hit. Around 19 of us and our neighbor and his family and my friend wife came over, we were around 23 people in there.

Interviewer: Are you suffering from any side effects?

Man: Thank God no.
Interviewer: What about ant psychological effect?

Man: This one of course, we were shocked to witness our friends and neighbors killed. Every road we took, we saw someone we know who was dead. It was saddening.''

Shot List:
• Various shots of: Damaged buildings and cars • Shot of: President Bashar Al Assad on groung • Various shots of: Cemetary where most of the chemical attack victims were buried • Various shots of: ''The Grand Mosque of Zamalka'' • Various shots of: People in Streets • Various shots of: Om Mahmoud (the medic), • Various shots of: Caricature, drawings and paintings by Om Mahmoud • Various shots of: FSA Fighter • Various Shots of: Children

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Maaloula Nuns are Freed by Rebels in ...
Jdaidat Yabous
By TTM Contributor 4
09 Apr 2014

Dope Sheet

Story title: The release of the Maloula nuns
Production Date: 10-March-2014
Site: Yaboos crossing on the Syrian-Lebanese border

Storyline: The nuns of the monastery Mar Taqla from the town of Maloula in the suburbs of Damascus are brought to the Yaboos crossing, after a kidnapping that lasted more than 90 days.
The 13 nuns and three teachers that were with them arrived to the crossing of Yaboos in a security convoy of Lebanese General Security, headed by the Director General of the General Security Abbas Ibrahim. The nun Blajaa Sayyaf said in a statement to reporters that the treatment received by the nuns from Jabhat Al Nussra was good and well.

Sayyaf denied that anyone forced them to remove their crosses but they did it themselves, noting that they moved in several places.
Sayyaf thanked Director General of the Lebanese General Security Abbas Ibrahim for his efforts, and also thanked the Syrian president for communication with the Emir of Qatar.
The nuns were detained in December after the control of Islamist fighters on the old part of the Christian town of Maloula north of Damascus.

Sources from the Syrian capital revealed that the exchange deal for the Lebanese nuns was done after the release of 153 detained women in prisons of the Syrian regime, where some of them were transferred to Lebanon.
Maloula town which is located about 55 kilometers north of Damascus has a majority population of Christians, especially Roman Catholics who speak Aramaic, the language of Christ.


Name: Mother Fadia Al Ham
"The kidnapping of the nuns in itself constitute the most extreme evil in Syria, there return is the turning point to the better, to humanity, to solve the situation in a humanitarian way, where the human relates to his human brother, the solution above all should be Syrians between each other, secondly it will be between Syria and its neighbors, finally between the big people in the world, this is a message we say to the human being to come back to his essence and do not use everything for personal gain, because the human being is above all the nuns will tell us, as they have become witnesses to this crisis, think about all the kidnapped in Syria today, think about all the killed in Syria, all the widows and martyrs, and the destroyed infrastructure. Stop destroying the landmarks of a country that has nothing to do with the situation as a country. We want to thank all the people that intervened to help bring our nuns back, I will thanked the kidnappers for bringing them back, and hopefully all the kidnappers in Syria will follow them and bring the kidnapped back so we can rejoice like today. And hopefully we will get rid of the violence in Syria and everywhere in the world".

Name: Major General Abbas Ibrahim Director of the Lebanese General Security
"The operation has ended the nuns that were kidnapped are now with the general security and are on their way here, we are known that we abide by all of what we are committed to, a part of the operation we will do starting tomorrow morning, the guarantee is president Al Assad and we will continue Based on this guarantee. We started with the serious work 4 months ago".

Name: One of the freed nuns of the monastery of Mar Taqla in the town of Maloula
"They served us and helped us and they gave us a palace to live in not a house." Q: How did you get out? "They freed us."
Q: Why? "Because we asked".
Q: Why did they kidnap you in the first place?
"Because Jabhat al Nussra was trying to destroy our monastery that is why they took us".

Shot List:
• The immigration department building of the Ministry of the Interior at the Syrian border with Lebanon • Figures and members of the media waiting for nuns in the waiting room of the passport and immigration building • Nuns arrival to the waiting room of the passport and immigration building • nuns in the presence of the governor of Damascus and the Director-General of the Lebanese General Security Abbas Ibrahim and a crowd of media and parents in the waiting room of the Passport and Immigration building

ورقة المعلومات

عنوان القصة: الافراج عن راهبات معلولا

تاريخ الإنتاج:10-03-2014

موقع التصوير: معبر جديدة يابوس على الحدود السورية اللبنانية

شرح القصة: وصلت راهبات دير مار تقلى في بلدة معلولا بريف دمشق الى معبر جديدة يابوس بعد اختطاف دام اكثر من 90 يوماً .

الراهبات الـ 13 والمعلمات الـ 3 الواتي كن برفقتهن وصلن الى معبر جديدة يابوس بموكب امني تابع للامن العام اللبناني يرئسه مدير عام الامن العام عباس ابراهيم ..

وقالت الراهبة بلاجيا سياف في تصريح للصحفيين ان المعاملة التي تلقتها الراهبات من جبهة النصرة كانت معاملة جيدة وحسنة ".

و نفت سياف ان يكون احد اجبرهن على خلع الصلبان بل أنهن من قمن بذلك ، مشيرة الى انهن تنقلت في عدة امكنة ".

وشكرت الراهبة سياف مدير عام الامن العام اللبناني عباس ابراهيم على جهوده وكذلك شكرت الرئيس السوري لتواصله مع امير قطر ".

وكانت الراهبات احتجزن في ديسمبر/كانون الأول بعد سيطرة مقاتلين إسلاميين على الجزء القديم من بلدة معلولا المسيحية شمال دمشق.

وكشفت مصادر في العاصمة السورية ان صفقة تبادل الراهبات اللبنانيات تم بعد الافراج عن 153 معتقلة سورية في سجون النظام السوري ، حيث تم نقل بعضهم الى لبنان ".

وتقع بلدة معلولا على بعد 55 كلم شمالي دمشق وغالبية سكانها من المسيحيين خصوصا من الروم الكاثوليك الذين يتكلمون الآرامية لغة المسيح.

المتكلمون: (ذكر الإسم، الصفة، مختصر الكلام).

الإسم – الصفة: الام فاديا الحام

الإسم – الصفة:اللواء عباس ابراهيم مدير الامن العام اللبناني

الإسم – الصفة: راهبة محررة من راهبات دير مار تقلا في بلدة معلولا

لائحة اللقطات: ( شرح غير تفصيلي لمجموعة اللقطات بالفيديو)

                     -            مبنى ادارة الهجرة والجوازات التابع لوزارة الداخلية السورية عند الحدود مع لبنان.

                                      -            شخصيات واعلاميين في انتظار الراهبات في صالون مبنى ادارة الهجرة والجوازات

                                                    -            وصول الراهبات والدخول الى صالون مبنى ادارة الهجرة والجوازات

                 -            الراهبات بحضور محافظ ريف دمشق والمدير العام للامن العام اللبناني عباس ابراهيم وحشد من الاعلاميين والاهل في صالون مبنى ادارة الهجرة والجوازات.
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Syrian Army Entering the Village of A...
Al Zara, Homs, Syria
By TTM Contributor 4
09 Apr 2014

Location: al-Zara, Syria
Slug: Forces loyal to Syria government entering the village
Duration: 02’ 03”
Sound: Natural
Aspect Ratio/Definition: 16:9/SD
Source: TTM
Restrictions: TTM clients only
Dateline: 09-03-2014


  1. On shoulder shot/ plains outside the village, smoke in the skyline, man in military uniform walking
  2. Armed men in military uniform walking inside a trench
  3. Wide of men in military uniform with their guns walking away in green plain
  4. Wide of several men in military uniform advancing, followed by a convoy of tanks
  5. Wide of a house with smoke rising form it
  6. Pan of a tank advancing, with various of fighters on both sides
  7. Wide of military truck with a gun on top advancing through the plains
  8. Pan of a fighter carrying a gun in one hand and some kind of barrel (thought to be a hand made bomb)
  9. Tow shots of damaged houses inside the village
  10. Wide of a building with a sign on it reading: Al-Zarah health center. Reading on the wall: Freedom (on the left of the door), Go away- Down with Assad (to the right of the door)
  11. Wide of a street inside the village when a vehicle passed near a few men in military uniforms
  12. Various shots of destructions inside the town
  13. Wide of graves outside one of the houses
  14. Wide of building with black smoke rising from it


Video shows Syrian Government forces entering the village of al-Zara near Homs on March 9, 2014. It shows soldiers in the streets and extensive damage to buildings and vehicles with smoke rising from some buildings.
A report by the Syrian state news agency SANA says government forces entered after clearing the village of opposition forces.

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Syrian Government Forces Attacking th...
Al Zarah, Syria
By Transterra Editor
09 Apr 2014

Location: Homs outskirts, Syria
Slug: Military operation in al-Zarah village
Duration: 01’ 44”
Sound: Natural
Aspect Ratio/DEF: 16:9/SD
Source: TTM
Restrictions: TTM clients only
Dateline: 07-03-2014


  1. GV of al-Zarah village west of Homs
  2. Tracking of a Syrian air force jet
  3. Med of Syrian flag
  4. Wide of a burned fuel container hit by a shell
  5. Wide of an artillery shooting
  6. Med shot from on top of an artillery, pull in to wide of the spot where the shell fell
  7. Wide of various militia members loyal to Syrian government
  8. Med of a fighter looking with his military telescope
  9. Med of a fighter using his telescope
  10. Med of short-range missile
  11. Wide of a short-range artillery while shooting, pan/pull in to the spot where it fell
  12. tracking/med of a tank
  13. Two shots of fighters shooting their machine guns
  14. Med of a hole made in sand berms
  15. GV of the plains outside al-Zarah village


The Syrian Army army seized control of al-Zarah town in the countryside of Talkalakh in Homs province on Saturday, according to a report by the Syrian state news agency SANA.
The report says army units killed large numbers of opposition fighters and destroyed their weapons.
SANA says 30 opposition fighters in al-Zarah town surrendered and handed over their weapons.