Video Collection

Collection with 3 media items created by Transterra Editor

15 Oct 2014 22:00

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Islamic Rebels in Syria Protect Chris...
Aleppo
By TTM Contributor 6
13 Oct 2014

October 10, 2014
Aleppo, Syria

Mar Elias care center for the elderly used to be a Syriac catholic monastery, that maintained some of its aspects and rituals. Six senior citizens inhabit the monastery, most of whom have no other place to go or anyone to turn to. The monastery is on the front line in the conflict between the rebels and the regime. Al-Mujahidin, a moderate Islamic group affiliated with the Islamic front is protecting it.

Shot List:

Various shots show rituals and prayers being performed.
Various shots the interiors and exteriors of the monastery.
Interviews with a group of the monastery inhabitants.
Various shots show the daily life of the monastery inhabitants.

Interviewees:

1) Um Youssef, an inhabitant of the neighborhood, takes care of the elderly and visits them everyday (woman, Arabic).
2) Bridget, A senior citizen who does not have any relatives, in the blue outfit (woman, Arabic).
3) Antoinette, a senior citizen who as been living in the monastery for years, in the brown outfit (woman, Arabic).
4) Lamyaa, A woman who has been living in the monastery for a very long time, has two sibling in a regime controlled area, does not know anything about them (woman, Arabic).
5) Abu Steif, a leader in al-Mowa7edeen al-Morabeteen army, his mission is to protect the monastery and its inhabitants (man, Arabic)

Transcript:

Bridget:
(02:31) "I am happy, we want you to be happy."

(02:44) "Why would I live, to do what? I pray for God to take me but he does not listen to me."

Interviewer: He listens to you but he is ignoring you because he does not want to take such a good person like a you, you are a rose.

"I am the thorns not the rose."

(03:55) "People brought me here, I have been here for a long time, I cannot remember exactly. I am old and my life now is not the way it used to be."

(04:29) "I used to be very good in school and when I finished tenth grade, they gave me a certificate."

(05:18) "Once i was taking a lesson and when it was over, I was taken to hospital."

(05:29) "This is the picture for my ID."

(05:31) "When the nuns left, we left too."

Um Youssef:

(06:00) "I am Um Youssef from the elderly care center, I come here, I cook and take care of them. Thanks to the FSA. They bring us aid and bread constantly. The only thing that annoys us is the sound of shelling, but other than that, we want nothing but their safety and we hope they achieve victory."

"I cook for the elderly the meals they like the most, such as soups, yoghurt and light meals because they do not eat a lot. In the afternoon I make them snacks, and in the morning, I make the breakfast. We do not need anything, thank God. May God help them."

(06:57) "We are living here with Muslims and all the other sects, there is no conflict at all. They love and respect us and the feeling is mutual. There is no problem between us at all. We all worship one God and we all say Allah. We do not wish them harm and they do not wish us harm. Ever since the beginning of the revolution, we are one hand."

(07:33) "Sometimes we hear shelling, so the people here get scared, and they are old, so they start crying. They situation is very tough."

(07:51) "I came here for a reason of course. My house used to be in Achrafieh, but it was destroyed, so we turned to the Syriac catholic priest. We told him about our situation so he sent us here to Mar Elias. They gave us a room and told us to stay here. There used to be a cook here, and I used to help her, but when the shelling got intense, she got scared and her children did not allow her to come here anymore, so she left and I took over."

Abu Youssf:

(08:42) "My name is Abu Youssef, I am in the elderly care center in the Syriac Catholic church. I came here as a resident just like all the people here. Our condition is difficult and I had to stay in the care center to protect the elderly we have here. Their ages vary and some have reached 98-99 years old. The eldest is 99 years old and the youngest is 85 years old. My wife and I wanted to leave the care center, but then we thought that if we left, who would take care of those old people? Who will look after them? So we were forced to stay here, to take care of them, cook for them, and look after them. I will talk to the officials here to try to get aid and support."

(10:14) "Me and my wife heard noise. We ran and heard people screaming "barrel bomb", so we ran to see what it was. We found a barrel bomb right in front of our house. There was 5-10 meters between us and the barrel bomb. Thank God while it was falling it hit a pole and the cable was cut, so it fell on the ground without exploding. God protected us and I did not explode."

Abu Steif:

(11:16) "We respect them, we were friends with their children, we ate their food. This is not a crusade. We are only defending our dignity, our Islam. Who is saying this is a religious and an Islamic revolution is a troublemaker. It is not true, it is not Islamic, those people are being paid to ruin everything. We have been living together for decades. We have always been together and they know us. Our only problem is with the criminal regime."

(12:02) "These people are old, and those thugs keep threatening them. They do not allow them to leave the area, we try to help them as much as possible, we split the water, the food, and the medication in half, between us and them."

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Rare Closeup Footage of the Battle fo...
Damascus Suburbs
By Mo3az.Damascus
14 Oct 2014

October 14, 2014
Damascus, Syria

Opposition forces were able to recapture Taiba, an area located between al-kaboon and Jobar, that has under the control of the Syrian government for a long time. The opposition forces took control of the Taiba area and created an operation room inviting all the military brigades in Eastern Gouta to collaborate against the regime. The brigades included the Jaish al-Islam (al-Islam army), al-Itihad al-Islami (the Islamic unit), ah-Habib al-mustafa brigades, Jund Dimashq (Damascus soldiers) and Faylaq al-Rahman (al-Rahman brigade).
The opposition forces were also able to infiltrate a vast area of Damascus after taking control over the Kamal Moshareqa barracks. During the battle, the opposition forces were able to reach to 10 T72 tanks, However, they were only able to capture two of them. The main purpose of the assault was to enter the meat market located near al-Hal market, a large market in the Syrian capital, on the side of al-Abaseyyen square.
The regime responded with more than 6 airstrikes. They also attacked the rebels with mortars and ground missiles.
The area around al-Abaseyyeen square, in the center of the capital, is of strategic importance. Through the square, the opposition forces can enter the March 8 tower, which is one of the most important defensive locations in the city. The battle for the square is ongoing.

Shot List:

Shots of the conflict in the Kamal Moshareqa barracks.
Shots of the conflict in the area of Taiba, and opposition forces checking regime controlled houses.
Shots of the conflict in Taiba as the regime tries to enter the buildings.
Shots of the conflict on the sides of al-Abaseyyeen square, in the center of the capital.
Shots of the conflicts in the area of Arefa checkpoint.
Shots of the the rebels at Taiba area in Jobar.
Shots of the air strikes by the regime over Taiba in Jobar.
Shots of the conflict around the Kamal Moshareqa barracks.
Shots of the conflict in the area around the new highway and Kamal Moshareqa barracks.
Shots of the conflict around the Kamal Moshareqa barracks.
Shots of the conflict in the area of Taiba and a 23mm machine gun used against the building where snipers are hiding.
Shot of al-Abaseyyeen stadium inside the Syrian capital from the side of Arefa.
Shot of al-Abaseyyeen lights.
General shot of Damascus.
Close-up of al-Abaseyyeen, the center of Damascus.
Shot of al-Abaseyyeen, the center of Damascus.
Shot of an opposition soldier stepping on the Syrian flag after they captured the Kamal Moshareqa barracks.
Shot of a Kalashnikov inside one of the buildings in Jobar.
Shot of reloading a machine gun.
Shot of a machine gun on one of the front lines in Jobar.
Shot of one of the opposition fighters monitoring the movements of the regime forces on the front line in Jobar.
Interview with fighter Mohamad Sobhi, near one of the front lines in Damascus from the side of the Kamal Moshareqa barracks after they took control it and other strategic positions in the area.
Shot of a sign on Zamalka bridge in Taiba which the regime claims to control along with other strategic areas.
General shot of the opposition fighters in Taiba.
Shot of the buildings that were destroyed by the regime by the regime's airstrikes along with the battles in the area of the new highway and the Kamal Moshareqa barracks.
Shot of a regime tank being destroyed and smoke coming out of it in Taiba, Jobar.
Interview with Malek Ata, from al-Habib al-Mustafa brigade talks about the battles of Taiba in Jobar.
Shot of a wall where a child has written the word 'Jobar'.
General shot in Jobar while the rebels move from a pony to another.
Shot of the destruction from the airstrikes.
Shot of an opposition fight in Taiba.
Shot of Zamalka bridge which is under the control of the opposition.
Shot of a sign board for a major company in Jobar.

Interviewees:

Mohamad Sobhi, opposition fighter (man, Arabic)

Malek Ata, fighter in al-Habib al-Mustafa brigade (man, Arabic)

Transcription:

Mohamad Sobhi:
"Thank God we were able to seize over 10 tanks and retrieve the Taiba area, which was held by the regime. We were also able to take control of many areas near the March 8 tower, the new highway, and al-Hal market, and we now control a large area of the capital through a 1 kilometer long front."

Malek Ata:
"We are now on the front lines in Taiba area, Jobar neighborhood. As you can see al-Amani school is right behind us. The regime states that they fully control the Taiba area and that they took parts of Jobar and Zamalka bridge, but of course all of these announcements are false. The battles are still going and have been for the past 20 days. The regime was able to take control of few areas. The fighters in Jobar sensed the danger and formed an operations room for all the brigades in Jobar."

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Exclusive Video of Aftermath of Alleg...
Kobani, Syria
By TTM Contributor 9
22 Jul 2014

Kobani, Syria

July 22, 2014

This video shows victims of an alleged chemical attack by ISIS on Kurdish fighters

near Kobani, Syria on July 18 and 19, 2014.

Transterra Media cannot confirm the use of chemical weapons.

At the time, the official spokesperson of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG)

Redur Khalil and the Health Minister of the Kobani Canton Dr. Na’ssan Ahmad said that they believed that chemical or biological agents were used.

In the video, what appear to be burns are visible on the bodies of two males wearing military fatigues at a hospital in Kobani.

Dr. Ahmad said that he and his colleagues inspected the bodies and found signs of burning but no bullet wounds or other similar war injuries.

Interviews:

Interview with the People’s Protection Units (YPG) official spokesperson Redur Khalil (Arabic)

00:56 ISIS’s use of chemical and biological weapons in the city of Kobani – in its war on the city of Kobani – is a very sensitive issue and we don’t want to anticipate events.

01:10 The indices that appeared and the traces on the bodies of martyrs and the wounded definitely show that ISIS used unconventional weapons.

01:30 There is a probability that these were chemical and biological weapons.

01:34 A committee of specialized physicians was formed in the Jazeera Canton [autonomous Kurdish district in northeast Syria] and it conducted necessary procedures and medical tests.

01:43 It was proven that ISIS has used biological weapons in its war on Kobani. However, the type of the weapons has not been determined, due to the limited means of the medical labs in the canton and the siege imposed on the city of Kobani.

02:09 There are unremitting attempts by the assigned medical committee as well as calls for [human] rights groups and aid organisations to head to Kobani to supervise this operation and analyze the substance that was used by ISIS in its war on Kobani.

02:32 The medical committee is now carrying out its duties.

02:39 The traces left by [these] weapons include burns on bodies that were not hit by bullets or bomb shrapnel. They were blue and white burns.

03:01 In some places where ISIS used these weapons, YPG members could smell a very weird odor. The smell was not that of gunpowder or explosives, which shows that the weapons used against Kobani in these locations were unconventional.

Interview with Health Minister of Kobani Canton Dr. Na’ssan Ahmad (Kurdish)

03:48 – 04:29

We have experienced war conditions for a while and we have seen a lot of injured people and martyrs, but [until now] we have not seen bodies that were burnt and not wounded.

The bodies had burns on the hands and legs [and other] exposed parts. We do not know what this substance is, because we do not have the necessary means [to analyze it].

In the future, it could be possible to conduct some tests to determine the kind of the substance that was used.

My colleagues who assisted me and I, in my capacity as a supervising physician, came to the conclusion that this substance was chemical and internationally banned.

Shot list:

00:00 – 00:39

The bodies of dead YPG fighters show skin burns but not wounds. The bodies were filmed at the Amal Hospital in Kobani.

03:29 – 03:47

Medical staff and an officer in military fatigues stand near the bodies of two dead fighters at the Amal Hospital in Kobani.

04:30 – 05:17

Close shots of a dead fighter’s body show burns on the face, arms.