Mid East Political Turmoil: Syria to Egypt

Collection with 6 media items created by Editor's Picks

29 Nov 2012 11:00

Over the past year the world has watched as the fractured political situation in Syria has dissolved into civil war, with over 40,000 deaths as Bashar al-Assad's military forces pound the Free Syrian Army and rebel strongholds, while thousands of refugees stream into Lebanon and Turkey. The shear numbers of escaping Syrians have prompted Lebanon to request help from the UN to care for the displaced people.

Meanwhile, Egyptians overthrew Mubarrak's entrenched regime, and then democratically elected a new government headed by the controversial Muslim Brotherhood party's Muhammad Morsi, whose presidency has been met with mass opposition.

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Destroyed Field Hospital in Aleppo - ...
Dar al Shifaa, Aleppo, Syria
By Jean Carrere
28 Nov 2012

The ground floor of what was for three months the field hospital in Aleppo. It was completely destroyed by a government airstrike on November 22nd. Between 35 and 40 were killed in the attack, including several medical staff. The rebel-controlled part of Aleppo is currently deprived of fully functioning medical facility.

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Destroyed Aleppo Field Hospital - Dar...
Dar al Shifaa, Aleppo, Syria
By Jean Carrere
28 Nov 2012

A former doctor and a volunteer from the destroyed hospital look through the rubble of what was the main emergency operating room in order to find personal belongings like wallets and identification.

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Destroyed Aleppo Field Hospital - Dar...
Dar al Shifaa, Aleppo, Syria
By Jean Carrere
28 Nov 2012

When I met him for the first time in late October, Zachariah told me that "Even in the middle of death, happiness can still rise," in reference to his upcoming wedding with Bushra. The two had been married for about two weeks when she was killed. Now, he spends almost everyday alone in the ruins of the hospital, mourning his wife.

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Early Morning Bombing In Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By Jean Carrere
28 Nov 2012

Local residents gather around a crater created by a government airstrike.

A syrian aircraft hit a local school twice at 6am on 29/11, dealing great damages to the facility, and disturbing the peace that was slowly coming back to the neighborhood. The school is located three blocks east of the now destroyed Dar al-Shifaa hospital, which was hit by an airstrike that caused more than 35 deaths on 22/11. So far no casualties were reported.

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Early Morning Bombing In Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By Jean Carrere
28 Nov 2012

An FSA fighter walks around the crater left by a government airstrike. In the background, a damaged school - the original target.

A syrian aircraft hit a local school twice at 6am on 29/11, dealing great damages to the facility, and disturbing the peace that was slowly coming back to the neighborhood. The school is located three blocks east of the now destroyed Dar al-Shifaa hospital, which was hit by an airstrike that caused more than 35 deaths on 22/11. So far no casualties were reported.

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Egypt's Top Courts Suspend Work In Pr...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
28 Nov 2012

Egypt's Cassation and Appeal courts suspended their work nationwide on Wednesday, November 28, in protest against the constitutional declaration issued recently by President Mohamed Morsi. The decree, issued last Thursday, gave President Morsi powers to take any measures to protect the revolution, and stated that no court could overturn his decisions.

The decrees also protect the Constituent Assembly and Egypt's upper house of the parliament, known as the "Shura Council" from dissolution. The assembly and the council are mainly dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Cassation Judge:
‘‘Suspending all settings includes settings of cassation court of Cairo. Except sittings of remanded in custody, or lawsuits of killed demonstrators that already have scheduled sittings, until the constitutional declaration been canceled”

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Saleh El-derbashy, Lawyer:
"All lawyers are backing the fair judicial institution of Egypt. We are supporting the decision issued by general assemblies of cassation and appeals courts today, which suspending all their work until the constitutional declaration been cancelled".

Earlier on Saturday, Egypt's judge's Club announced suspension of work, condemning the recent decrees issued by Morsi that expand his powers. Morsi's backers say that the decree was needed to protect the gains of the revolution against a judiciary with deep ties to the ousted regime of Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) will look into twelve lawsuits filed against President Morsi's recent constitutional declaration on December 4.

Story: Egypt's Top Courts Suspend Work in Protest against Constitutional Declaration
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: November 23, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: November 23, 2012
Length: 0:01:23
Video Size: 86.6 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Wide shot of people gathering outside the Court of Appeal
  2. Close up shot of the logo of the Court of Appeal
  3. Various shots of people outside the court of Appeal
  4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Cassation Judge:
  5. ‘‘Suspending all settings includes settings of cassation court of Cairo. Except sittings of remanded in custody, or lawsuits of killed demonstrators that already have scheduled sittings, until the constitutional declaration been canceled”
  6. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - Saleh El-derbashy, Lawyer:
    "All lawyers are backing the fair judicial institution of Egypt. We are supporting the decision issued by general assemblies of cassation and appeals courts today, which suspending all their work until the constitutional declaration been cancelled".
  7. Various shots of people outside the Court of Appeal