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FSA and Kurdish Forces Battle in Aleppo
Aleppo
By omariq
24 Feb 2016

Photos taken on the frontlines near Ashrafieh District in northern Aleppo. Heavy clashes are taking place in the opposition-held area between the Free Syrian Army and Kurdish YPG fighters backed by soldiers of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The YPG (armed wing of the PYD) have launched an offensive in northern Aleppo as they attempt to take control over strategic areas on the Syrian Turkish border.

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Free Syrian Army Tank Fires at YPG in...
Aleppo
By omariq
24 Feb 2016

Free Syrian Army tank fires at the Kurdish YPG fighters in Ashrafieh District in northern Aleppo.

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Free Syrian Army Tank Rolls in Aleppo
Aleppo
By omariq
22 Feb 2016

Free Syrian Army tank advances in the al-Sakan al-Shababi District near the Ashrafieh District in northern Aleppo.

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Free Syrian Army Shell YPG Position i...
Aleppo
By omariq
22 Feb 2016

Free Syrian Army (FSA) makeshift cannon targets the Kurdish YPG fighters on the frontline in Ashrafieh District in northern Aleppo.

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Free Syrian Army Shell YPG Forces in ...
Aleppo
By omariq
22 Feb 2016

Free Syrian Army (FSA) makeshift cannon targets the Kurdish YPG fighters on the frontline in Ashrafieh District in northern Aleppo.

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Syrian Rebels Anti-Aircraft Guns 4
Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
21 Nov 2015

Syrian rebels in Aleppo know that these weapons are not able to respond to modern Russian aircraft, but they still use them when warplanes fly over the city.

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Syrian Rebels Anti-Aircraft Guns 3
Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
21 Nov 2015

Syrian rebels in Aleppo know that these weapons are not able to respond to modern Russian aircraft, but they still use them when warplanes fly over the city.

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Syrian Rebels Anti-Aircraft Guns 2
Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
21 Nov 2015

Syrian rebels in Aleppo know that these weapons are not able to respond to modern Russian aircraft, but they still use them when warplanes fly over the city.

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Syrian Rebels Anti-Aircraft Guns 1
Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
21 Nov 2015

Syrian rebels in Aleppo know that these weapons are not able to respond to modern Russian aircraft, but they still use them when warplanes fly over the city.

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ICRC Mediates Exchanging Prisoners in...
Sanaa, Yemen
By Dhaifallah Homran
10 Aug 2015

August 10, 2015
Sanaa, Yemen

Video shows anti-Houthi prisoners boarding on an ICRC special airplane in Yemen's capital, Sanaa.
The prisoners will be transferred to Aden as part of a deal between the Yemeni opponents to exchange prisoners, sponsored by the ICRC.

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Ukraine: Brothers in War
Donetsk
By Lorenzo Giroffi
11 May 2015

This documentary encapsulates our seven-month long chronicle of the civil war in Ukraine's Donbass region – a silent war that, despite the declaration of two truces and the deafening silence of western media, continues to claim hundreds of victims.

We filmed and lived side by side either with pro-Russian rebels or with soldiers in the Ukrainian army. From Donetsk to Lugansk, passing by Debaltseve and Mariupol, we aimed to report the conflict and its hangover: from the drama of a population broken in two, the suffering of civilians, and the motivations of volunteers on both sides, to the risk of new and bloody catastrophes and the hellholes of illegal coal mines, new source of income for thousands of workers from the Donbass.

Textless, Natural Sound Version Available upon Request

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Taiz Residents Protest Houthi Takeover
Taiz, Yemen
By Dhaifallah Homran
23 Mar 2015

Residents of Taiz, Yemen's third largest city, held a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Special Security Forces, a state security agency that recently fell into the arms of Houthi militants, to protest the takeover of their city by said rebels. Security forces loyal to the Houthi rebels dispersed the protesters with tear gas bombs and by firing live bullets into the air.

According to local residents, Houthi Shiite rebels took over the military airport and several neighborhoods in the city on 22 March.

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Life Underground: Syrians Seek Surviv...
Hama
By TTM Contributor 9
11 Mar 2015

Hama, Syria
March 11, 2015

Rebels and civilians in the Latamina area of northern Syria have taken to digging mountain shelters in order to protect themselves from government forces. A rebel battalion called Tajmmu al-Izza (Pride Gathering), aligned to the Free Syrian Army and operative in rural parts of Idlib and Hama provinces, is doing the bulk of the digging.

The ensuing network of artificial caves provides a base for combatants, as well as a shelter for the dwindling numbers of civilians who have not fled the area. These caves also house a field hospital and pharmacy with 30 meter walls and continue to serve civilians and fighters alike. On the other hand, any makeshift medical centers built above ground were routinely bombed by Assad forces, according to an interviewed rebel spokesman.

This video shows detailed scenes of workers digging one of these makeshift caves with only simple tools, a task that usually takes about 12-15 days to be completed. Footage also includes interviews with the spokesman and the head of Tajmmu al-Izza.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Wide of rebel vehicles outside cave
Wide of entry point to caves guarded by rebels

Wide of workers digging
Wide of worker taking debris out using wheel barrow
Various of workers drilling rocks
Various of workers taking debris out using wheel barrow
Various of workers building protection wall to shield cave entrance from bomb shrapnel

Wide of makeshift pharmacy
Wide of nurse working in pharmacy
Wide of entrance and emergency room in makeshift medical center
Various of nurse handling medication
Various of medical workers setting up operation room
Close-up of nurse preparing injection

Various of medical worker setting up operation room
Interview with Ubada al-Hamwi, rebel spokesperson
Various/ cutaways of Ubada al-Hamwi
Various of makeshift medical center and other caves
Various of rebel fighters inside caves

Medium of batteries used to provide lighting
Various of rebels in an office inside a cave Various/ Cutaways of Major Jamil al-Saleh, head of Tajmmu al-Izza Rebel Group
Interview with Major Jamil al-Saleh, head of Tajmmu al-Izza Rebel Group
Various/ Cutaways of Major Jamil al-Saleh, head of Tajmmu al-Izza Rebel Group

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Ubada al-Hamwi, rebel spokesperson
05:26 – 07:22

“The hospital was built underground in a rocky cliff. The rocks above it are about 30 meters high. This was done because of the bombing carried out by the regime, using explosive barrels and rockets. There was a need for an underground hospital to be built in order to protect medical staff, as well civilians and [fighters] who are being treated from injuries. The hospital has been established about 11 months ago. Most of the cases involve civilians injured in bombings. They could be injured by bomb shrapnel or suffer amputation. [The hospital provides] first aid to civilians. Fighters are usually treated from gunshots; undergo chest catheterization; and have shrapnel removed from their bodies as a result of mortar bombing. They also undergo surgery, which includes cutting the abdomen.
We needed a building that could protect doctors and medical workers, as well as the injured receiving treatment. An injured person feels more comfortable in a safe location.
Before we came up with this idea, we had an ordinary building that was repeatedly hit. We came up with this idea to provide the injured with safe and healthy conditions.
Digging was carried out using simple tools, such as drill compressors. The human effort involved was very large.”

07:02 – 07:22
“I am 23 years old. I studied Physics – I was in my second year at Tishreen University in Lattakia. I left university and joined the revolution since the outbreak of the early demonstrations.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Major Jamil al-Saleh, head of Tajmmu al-Izza Rebel Group

08:58 - 13:01
"We resorted to building underground shelters and caves to protect ourselves from the barbaric air and artillery bombing carried out by the regime. We went to the mountains because the altitudes above the caves are quite high. Caves have at least 20 or 30 meters of altitude above them. This provides more protection for our men and equipment. Hence, we have become able to last longer under air and artillery bombing carried out by the regime, thanks be to God. This gives us more strength, thanks to the thickness of the walls, which we can achieve by digging into hills.
The digging process… we are able to provide health services as well as electricity and water, but we face difficulty in providing these services. The means that we, rebels, have are limited. We do not have digging machinery. We are using simple tools. We do not have good means to provide fortification. We rely on manual labor. Our men are making a big effort.
We are accelerating our work, theerfore it takes about 12-15 days to finish a cave. By the end of this time caves would be ready for our men to use them. About 12-15 days, depending on the area of the cave.
Aircraft bomb field hospitals the moment they are discovered, whether these hospitals are used by fighters or locals civilians. This is done to exert pressure on the rebels' popular support base. We had to build hospitals in protected areas the same way we built headquarters.

"Thanks be to God, medical staff are able to carry out their work under bombing because of these hospitals. They serve the civilians – this is something that we care much about. We are also protecting medical staff because we need them in the current war circumstances.
The number of caves is very large. Civilians as well as rebels have resorted to caves. Caves are everywhere because they protect us. It is difficult to remain in the northern part of Hama province without these caves.
We, as fighters, are able to follow up on our work thanks to God and these caves.
Civilians have to stay inside these caves to be able to live. They are not happy with this, but many people have no other alternative. They cannot leave the area. You saw the weather conditions that we experienced this year. There was a lot of rainfall and it was very cold. People suffered a lot.

Power is provided by generators and water is extracted from wells. The regime has stopped providing services, such as diesel and electricity. It is not only rebels; civilians suffer from this as well. There is no flour or bread. All of this is provided by aid organizations from Turkey because the regime has stopped offering these services two years ago.”

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File photos of destruction in Syria
Saqba
By abdalmanamissa
25 Feb 2015

A school and neighbourhood destroyed in the city of Saqba, Syria, on January 25, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Photos of Destruction in Syria
Saqba
By abdalmanamissa
25 Feb 2015

A school and neighbourhood destroyed in the city of Saqba, Syria, on January 25, 2015. Photo by Transterra Media

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Donetsk Shelled Allegedly by Pro-Russ...
Donetsk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
03 Feb 2015

Footage showing Donetsk residential districts allegedly shelled by pro-Russia rebels artillery on February 3, 2015.

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Law Student Turned Taxi Driver Bears ...
Aleppo
By mittome
19 Jan 2015

In a telling interview, a young man who was a second-year law student during the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War explains why he joined the rebels after witnessing what he says were atrocities committed by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in his hometown of Aleppo. Seeing the city's war-torn streets from his eyes, viewers get an unflinching insight into the daily comings and goings of an average Syrian whose life has been fundamentally transformed by the civil war.

Transcription:

Imad Haj Bakri, Taxi driver:
(Man, Arabic) (00:42-01:24)

I studied law at Aleppo University and was a second-year student. Then I volunteered in the police force. After the revolution started and I witnessed the conflicts and the oppression, I withdrew from the course and started participating in the demonstration. The regime caught me and imprisoned me and I was expelled from the university. That is why I came here, to work and make a living. During my work with the rebels, I was injured more than once.

Imad Haj Bakri, Taxi driver:
(Man, Arabic) (02:00-03:11) Conversation with a passenger:

Passenger: What happened here?

Driver: many missiles were dropped here and they caused destruction, this used to be a main highway, look what happened now.
Many people died, look where it was dropped, here on the concrete, look at the huge hole it created, almost 37 kills - a massacre. Look at the destruction, it is like this wherever you go. There is a school there that was also attacked. Poor children.

Passenger: a barrel bomb attacked it right?

Driver: yes

Passenger: May God never have mercy on Bashar.

Imad Haj Bakri, Taxi driver:
(Man, Arabic) (03:14-03:37)

I forgot about my studies, and this taxi is how I make a living, even though the fuel is very expensive, and the roads are destroyed. Life is a lot more expensive now, we do not know what to do. We are alway expecting a barrel bomb or a missile.

Imad Haj Bakri, Taxi driver
(Man, Arabic) (03:52-04:12)

The situation is much worse than before, fuel is expensive and roads are destroyed, everything is destroyed. I forgot about my studies to be able to provide for my family.

Imad Haj Bakri,Taxi driver:
(Man, Arabic) (04:23-04:29)

I am totally content and life has to go on.

Imad Haj Bakri, Taxi driver:
(Man, Arabic) (04:58-05:41)

When the FSA first entered Aleppo, it was the fourth of Ramadan, the first missile was dropped on al-Ansar al-Sharqi, the first missile to be dropped in Aleppo. So I went to watch, it was strange for us, so we went to watch, I was injured, I do not know exactly how, but I knew I'd been injured. It felt as if I was falling asleep, and I woke up in the university hospital, controlled by the regime, I was unconscious for about a week and lost sight in my right eye.

Imad Haj Bakri, Taxi driver:
(Man, Arabic) (06:23-07:39)

What happened is, it was the fourth of Ramadan, I was in my house which is on the opposite side of this area. We heard a massive noise and thought it was a missile. We rushed to rescue people, and it was strange, there were not many injuries, only one man that I can remember, and while a huge number of people were standing in the area, another missile was dropped on us. I fainted for a few seconds then woke up to see corpses and injured people everywhere, a scene you cannot imagine. I looked around and fainted again because of how horrifying the scene was. I woke up in the hospital and they told me that it was the thirteenth day of Ramada. I had been unconscious for a while and was injured in the eye and the head, and they had inserted tubes in my body.

Abdulrahman Haj Bakri, Imad's younger brother:
(Man, Arabic) (07:46-08:04)

My brother Imad is older than me. He was a university student, but the difficult situation forced him to work as a taxi driver. In spite of the fact that this profession is very dangerous, and there is constant shelling, and the regime is targeting the liberated areas, my brother keeps working.

Ahmed Orabi, Imad's friend
(Man, Arabic) (08:05-08:58)

Imad's case is not a special case, but we can make it special by shedding light on the fact that he is a university student and a lawyer and is now working as a taxi driver. Because of the difficult circumstances and the expensive cost of life, we are trying to do anything we can to support our family. He has a special case because he used to be a good law student and he had lots of ambition, but now he is a taxi driver, and that is how people see him, without knowing his background or the fact that he is a well educated person.

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FSA Fights to Protect Civil Status Re...
Damascus
By Mohamad al-jazaare
09 Nov 2014

Eastern Ghouta, Syria
November 2014

A Free Syrian Army (FSA) group took over the civil status registry near Damascus. The official building contains documents such as birth certificates, identity card application forms and marriage contracts.

FSA fighters claim that they moved the documents through tunnels to a safe location after discovering that part of them has been damaged by the fighting.

This footage shows the battle to take over the civil status office near Damascus and the official building from the inside. A large amount of personal status documents can be seen, some of them torn.

Fighters can be seen in the video carrying large bags of documents through tunnels.

Shot List

1 Wide of fighter shooting through hole.
2 Wide of fighters running to re-position.
3 Wide of fighters taking cover.
4 Medium of fighter shooting through hole.
5 Wide of fighters taking cover.
6 Wide of shooting machine gun mounted on vehicle.
7 Wide of smoke.
8 Wide of destroyed buildings.
9 Various of fighters running/ walking amid rubble

10 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) FSA commander Abu al-Jud

"We took over the civil registry office and the mosque. We advanced from the right side and took over Lamees area, and we also took over the Mazda company building. We are now very close to the municipality."

11 Close up of sign “Store” 12 Close up sign “Documents Certification”
13 Close up of writing on wall.
14 Close up of computers.
15 Close up of writing on wall.
16 Close up of ID cards.
17 Wide of inside building.
18 Various ID application forms for ID.
19 Close of birth certificate.
20 Various of torn documents.
21 Close up of broken ID, spent bullets on the floor.
22 Close up of IDs on the floor.
23 SOUNDBITE (Arabic. Man) FSA commander Mufid Abdel Hadi

"After liberating the civil registry office, we realized the importance of the documents that the regime tried to burn. We informed special committees about the documents and they confirmed that we need to recover them. We dug underground tunnels with the help of fighters and we took the documents to a safe place."

24 Medium of men taking documents out of bags
25 Close up of fighter taking documents out of bag.

26 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) FSA commander Abu al-Jud

“Some of these documents are burnt.”

27 Wide of registry books.
28 Various of torn documents.
29 Wide of fighters carrying bags through tunnel.
30 Various of documents.
31 SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Uabada, Member of pro-opposition Legal Office

"We are now in the civil registry office for Damascus and its rural areas. We are at the front line of Erbeen, since it has been liberated by the fighters. The office is always a target for shelling and bombing by the regime. We found many important documents such as birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, and civil documents for people from Damascus and its rural areas. Not only for inhabitants of Erbeen, but also those from Kalamoon, Haramoon, and al-Yarmouk camp."

32 Various of fighters walking through tunnel.

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Tank Battle in Aleppo
Aleppo
By mustafa sultan
30 Oct 2014

October 26-31, 2014
Aleppo, Syria

Intense combat footage shows Islamic Front and Free Syrian Army forces battling the Syrian Army in Aleppo using captured tanks. The Islamic Front and the FSA are the primary factions in control of rebel held Aleppo, including key parts of the battered old city.

Translation:

"We have been in this Mosque for over a year and it is very precious to us as it is one of the great Islamic sites. We are defending it against the horrible regime [of Bashar al-Assad] that shells and bombs without considering the people or the religious sites. We are still defending our city. We follow orders to take down the regime and the president, and then liberate ourselves. We are still hanging on, trying to maintain what is left of Aleppo. With God's help, we will hopefully be liberated from this regime."

Shots List:

Shot 1: Fighters from the FSA and the Islamic Front defending an attack by the regime at the frontline of Sifat
Shot 2: Clashes between the regime and the rebels in Handarat
Shot 3: Clashes between the rebels and the regime
Shot 4: Shot of the Citadel of Aleppo, that is under the control of the regime
Shot 5: Military group commander in the old town of Aleppo and the guard of the Ummayad Mosque in Aleppo

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Libyan Army Moves to Stop Rebels
Benghazi
By Ahmad Mogharbel
20 Oct 2014

October 20, 2014
Benghazi, Libya

The Libyan army launched an attack to stop rebel forces from capturing Benina International Airport in Benghazi, which has been under attack for months. Government ground troops, supported by air force, used mortar and heavy artillery fire, making a swift advance on positions held by Islamist rebels.

The government’s “Thunder 21” and “Artillery 204” battalions participated in the fighting that took place in the western Benghazi are of Al-Guarscia, which killed scores of government troops and rebels. Many civilians were either killed in the fighting or had to flee their homes.

The recent fighting is part of an offensive led by former General Khalifa Haftar to regain control over Benghazi, Libya’s second city.

Shot list:
1- A fighter fires a large-caliber sniper shot.
2- A fighter shoots a mortar shell.
3- Military vehicles with rocket launchers mounted on them move in a convoy.
4- Large rockets are fired from launchers mounted on a military vehicle.
5- Small rockets are fired from launchers mounted on a military vehicle.
6- A fighter on top of a military vehicle shoots rounds of heavy machine guns.
7- Empty ammunition boxes and bullet cases lie on the ground.
8- A destroyed building.

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The Black Men: European Fighters in U...
East Ukraine
By Gianuca Panella
24 Jul 2014

European volunteer fighters and far-right activists have travelled to Ukraine to fight along side pro-Ukrainian forces against pro-Russian separatists. They come from France, Sweden, and other parts of Europe. They have different motivations for participating in the conflict, but they all say that they are not paid to fight.

Journalists Fausto Biloslavo and Laura Lesevre travelled to Ukraine and interviewed, among others, Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper, with seven years' experience in the Swedish Army and the Swedish National Guard. Mikael is currently fighting with the Azov Battalion, a pro-Ukrainian volunteer armed group under the control of Kiev’s Interior ministry, in eastern Ukraine. He says there is a bounty of nearly 5,000 euros on his head. Biloslavo and Lesevre also interviewed 46 year old Gaston Besson from France who says he wants to defend Ukraine’s independence. Besson, who has also fought in Croatia, Bosnia, Burma and Laos, is in charge of recruiting foreign European volunteers to fight against pro-Russian rebels. "Every day I get dozens of e-mail with requests of enlistment, but I reject 75% of them. People who want to join us are to buy the plane ticket with their own money. Then they go over an initial period of training in Kiev before being sent to the front line. We do not want fanatics, trigger-happy people, drunkards or druggies. We need unpaid idealists, not hired mercenaries”, he says.

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

lunch break for the sandwich. Many of these children have survived more than two years under the bombings in cities like Homs or Aleppo

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

Two brothers enjoying a class days after arriving to Lebanon

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

Due to the dedication of Father Elyen Nasrallah, priest of the Greek Catholic Parish Church of Qaa, more than 250 children aged from 3 to 12 years living in tents, can receive primary education and health care.

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

A girl is engaged in the French lesson. They also study English and Arabic as co-official languages ​​of the Lebanese education system

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

School starts at 3 pm. There are very few teachers in the town and they work in the public school up in the morning.

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

The school for refugee children in Qaa is one of three schools that hosts child refugees in the area. The other two schools are in no man's land territory

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

Almost every day the children receive a caloric suplement as biscuits or sandwich and fruit juice during the afternoon

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

The nursery. There are 70 Syrian children aged from 3 to 6 years divided in two classrooms

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

The school for refugee children in Qaa (Lebanese-Syrian border) was the first school to receive Syrian children at the beginning of the conflict. Due to the dedication of Father Elyen Nasrallah, priest of the Greek Catholic Parish Church of Qaa and the support of international organizations such as L'Oeuvre d'Orient and L'IECD (Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement), more than 250 children aged from 3 to 12 years living in tents on "no-man’s land" between the Syrian and Lebanese frontier posts, known as Mashari El Qaa, can receive primary education and participate in several activities such as the Christmas party, mother's day, etc.. They arrived fleeing the battles from northern Syria, and many have lost some of their relatives.

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

Monthly medical examination at the public school. In general all the children are in good health

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School for refugee children in Qaa
Qaa (Lebanon-Syrian border) Bekaa Valley
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

The school for refugee children in Qaa (Lebanese-Syrian border) was the first school to receive Syrian children at the beginning of the conflict. Due to the dedication of Father Elyen Nasrallah, priest of the Greek Catholic Parish Church of Qaa and the support of international organizations such as L'Oeuvre d'Orient and L'IECD (Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement), more than 250 children aged from 3 to 12 years living in tents on "no-man’s land" between the Syrian and Lebanese frontier posts, known as Mashari El Qaa, can receive primary education and participate in several activities such as the Christmas party, mother's day, etc.. They arrived fleeing the battles from northern Syria, and many have lost some of their relatives.

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School for refugee children in Qaa (...
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
11 Jul 2014

The school for refugee children in Qaa (Lebanese-Syrian border) was the first school to receive Syrian children at the beginning of the conflict. Due to the dedication of Father Elyen Nasrallah, priest of the Greek Catholic Parish Church of Qaa and the support of international organizations such as L'Oeuvre d'Orient and L'IECD (Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement), more than 250 children aged from 3 to 12 years living in tents on "no-man’s land" between the Syrian and Lebanese frontier posts, known as Mashari El Qaa, can receive primary education and participate in many cultural activities . They arrived fleeing the battles from northern Syria, and many have lost some of their relatives.

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FSA Liberates Checkpoints in Maarat A...
Maarat Al-Noaman , Idlib, Syria
By TTM Contributor 10
08 Jul 2014

Units of the FSA and the opposition have announced their desire to liberate checkpoints in Idlib. A wide variety of artillery was used in the battle over the checkpoints, including anti-tank missiles, tanks, and canons. The rebels raided al-Tarraf checkpoint and liberated it from government control after destroying two tanks and capturing another, along with a large amount of munitions. The fighters also destroyed tanks in al-Dahman and al-Madajen, and killed and injured dozens of government fighters. Meanwhile, the town of Kfaroumah and the surrounding area has been bombarded by government airstrikes leaving eight rebels dead and many more injured.

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Center of Medical support in Qaa
Qaa, Lebanon
By Ferran Quevedo
18 Jun 2014

Syrian refugees waiting in the medical center at the village of Kaa, the Syrian Lebanese border. The parish of Ka´a is helping refugees on the border with medical and emergency supplies and consultations in the health center. Inside no man´s land they are providing vaccines, food and basic kits.

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Syrians in Opposition-Held Damascus S...
al-Hajar al-Aswad, Damascus, Syria
By Rame ALsayaed
31 May 2014

May 31, 2014
al-Hajar al-Aswad, Damascus, Syria

Residents in the southern Damascus suburb of al-hajar al-Aswad give their opinion on the Syrian Presidential Election. Many of them voice disdain at the electoral process and declare their intention to boycott the election.

Samer, FSA fighter:
"What elections! There are elections in Syria? We haven’t heard of any elections? Do we even have electricity to hear about elections? Explosions, barrel bombs, firing and shooting, that’s the area of al-Hajar al-Aswad, no food, nothing. We need two hours to get a bit of water and you are asking me about elections."

Abu Hussein, Citizen:
"Unethical, Illegal elections do not relate to any Syrian citizen. The killing that happened here in Syria is not acceptable to anybody and we are against the elections in every way possible. Any person who votes is considered an enemy of religion and humanity in honor of the lives that were taken here in Syria and the properties that were destroyed over the heads of their owners."

Abu Arab, FSA commander:
"The elections are a big failure. The Syrian regime represented by Bashar al-Assad is illegitimate, and has been illegitimate for over 40-50 years, not only now. We don't want elections, we want Bashar’s head."

Abu Mohamad, Citizen:
"I will not vote for anybody, ever."

Interviewer: Why won’t you vote?

Abu Mohamad:
"My children are all dead, who would I vote for and why."

Ammar Issa, Surgeon:
"What elections are you talking about with the barrel bombs dropping everyday, the hunger that we have been suffering from for over a year and a half, the million and a half refugees, and the nine million internally displaced Syrians? What elections are you talking about?"

Saddam al-Zir, FSA fighter:
"Through all of this fear and all that is happening he [Bashar al-Assad] is sieging people, starving them, and dropping barrel bombs. He is forcing people to vote for him, but elections don’t happen that way, the country has to be in complete peace for elections to happen in a legitimate way."

Jassem, Citizen:
"This election is an historic scandal. How will it happen when 90% of Syrian territory is out of the regime’s control? There are ten million refugees and six million internal refugees, what elections are they talking about?"

Wael, Citizen:
"It is weird that while they say there are elections going on, we are still getting barrel bombs dropped on us. We are still suffering from shelling and bombing, how can there be elections in a country that lacks safety, security, and justice and where thugs attack the weak? If any elections are happening it is a lie, a big lie. Many people are now refugees and many men are imprisoned, but no matter what, Bashar will be taken down. Even if he wins these elections, he will be taken down."

Ahmed, FSA fighter:
He [Bashar al-Assad] will definitely win this election, but we do not acknowledge him or his government."

Khaled, Citizen:
"This election is a lie. All we have is barrel bombs dropped on us, raped women in prisons, blood and killing. We don’t acknowledge him [Bashar al-Assad] or his government."

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FDLR Surrenders Its Weapons
Beleusa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
By Gaïus Kowene
29 May 2014

The Rwandan Hutu rebel group that has been battling the government in Kigali for the past twenty years has taken what it says is the first step in disarming its fighters and starting a political fight instead.
At a ceremony on Friday May 30 at Buleusa in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo more than 100 fighters of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, FDLR, surrendered and handed in their weapons.
But the FDLR warned that continuing the process of peace depends upon the government of Rwandan President Paul Kagame agreeing to talks.
The leader of the rebel group General Victor Byiringiro said “We call up on the International community to help us get an open dialogue with the Rwandan Government”.
The Hutu led FDLR is made up of former Rwandan Army soldiers and Hutu militia who fled the country after the 1994 genocide and found refuge in Congo.
Lieutenant Colonel, Omari Ujani, representative of the SADC, Southern African Development Community promised surrendering combatants and their dependents security. He announced the creation of a joint commission to make sure their demobilization process is effective. Omari also assured them of SADC diplomatic support for their political reintegration in Rwanda. “As you freely decided to lay down your guns, we don’t want you to go back in jungle disturbing locals’ peace”, he said.
The surrendering combatants will wait in a transit camp in Kanyabayonga, a village near Congo's Virunga National Park, before being relocated in Equateur province.

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Rebel Tunnel - Wadi al-Deif, Syria
Wadi al-Deif, Syria
By TTM Contributor 10
16 May 2014

May 16, 2014

Wadi al-Deif, Idlib, Syria

Syrian Opposition fighters say this is the tunnel they used to carry out the explosion on May 14, 2014 at the checkpoint at Tal al-Sawadi in Wadi al-Deif Camp, one of the most important Syrian Army camps in Idlib Province.
The Islamic Front and the al-Furqan Brigade say they were able to dig a tunnel 750-meters long, with a height of two meters and the width of one and a quarter meters. It took them over seventy days and it was packed with over 56 tons of explosives. The rebels say they killed dozens of Assad regime soldiers and destroy many pieces of artillery, a tank, and a BMP tank. Fighting continues with the rebels using many kinds of heavy artillery such as mortars, cannons and others in their effort to freeing the rest of the area.
This operation is considered the second in Idlib and in this camp specifically.
Speakers:
Colonel Riad, or Mohammad: a leader in the Islamic front speaks of the idea of digging the tunnel and how to do that
Mohamad al Sayed: a fighter who dug the tunnel, speaks of the regime’s loses and the qualities of the tunnel
Hassan al-Dghaim: a witness from the area of Maarat al-Noaman, talks about the length of the tunnel and the suffering the rebels faced while digging it
Khaled Abu al-Fajr: a fighter in al-Furqan brigade speaks of the suffering during digging the tunnel and the tools used.
Shot list:
Various shots show the gate of the tunnel
Various shots show the interior of the tunnel
Various shots show the lighting holes built into the walls of the tunnel
Various shots show the barriers surrounding the barrier of Tal al-Sawadi such as the barriers of al-Samad and the camp of Wadi al-Daif
Various shots show the regime firing over Maarat al-Noaman while heavy smoke is coming out
Various shots show the barrier of Tal al-Sawadi.

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Huge Explosion at The Government Mili...
Wadi al-Deif, Syria
By TTM Contributor 9
14 May 2014

Shot on May 14, 2014, in Idleb, Syria

Video shows a huge explosion at a major government military base in Wadi al-Deif, rural Idleb. The explosives were planted underneath the base from a tunnel dug by rebels.

Throughout 7 months, al-Furqan Brigade with the cooperation of Fajr al-Islam Brigade, dug a 750 meter long tunnel, with a height of two meters and the width of one and a quarter meter.
The tunnel was packed with over 56 tons of explosives.

The video contains an interview with Hassan Nasser, the leader of al-Furqan Brigade, shot on the night of May 14. Nasser was one of the major coordinators of the attack. In the interview he explains in detail how the tunnel was dug and how the attack was coordinated.

"Half an hour ago, we were able to finish an operation that we started working on about eight months ago, we were intending to blow up the command center in “Wadi al-Deif” in addition to the biggest gathering point witch is known as “Tallat al-Sawadi”. The significance of this location is the command center of course and the fact that “Tallat Al Sawadi” is a ruling area, and it’s causing harm to the civilians and the rebels, it also has artillery and tanks.
The work began seven and a half months ago, we were sitting and after considering the multiple failed attempts to break into the camp, we decided this to be the ultimate solution.
The work was fully manual; we faced many difficulties, moving the remaining of the digging, and the Syrian army had discovered the location of the tunnel twice, the first time we were obliged to change the path and the second time, the Syrian army planted mines that we disabled and abducted, we also had to change the path one more time.
The planning of the tunnel was for it to branch from under Tal al-Sawadi and reach the barrier of al-Samad and the barrier of al-Zaalani.
The last blow up done by our brothers in al-Sahaba barrier faced some strange movements which eventually ended up to be in our favor; as the regime sent more back up to the area, which helped us to destroy more of their artillery, other thank the shilka tank that was already there.
The material that we used is mostly local, manure, TNT, barrel bombs were dropped by the regime before we took them apart and reused them, non-explosive bombs.
The accurate measurements of the tunnel are 750 meters long; the branches can reach to 150 meters long, the time of work in seven months and twenty days to be exact. The width of the tunnel is 120-130 cm and the height varies from 2-2.20 meters, it was very hard to dig because we faced a rocky ground especially towards the end.
The amount of the explosives among manure, TNT, mortars, and the non-explosive bombs weighed about 55-60 tons.
Throughout the work, two men died with a mortar that was aimed towards the location of the construction, many were injured and many got sick because of the humidity in the tunnel.
This operation, as al-furqan Brigade, with the cooperation of Fajr al-Islam brigade and Suqor al-Sham, we dedicate this victory to our brothers who have been let down by many, our brothers in Homs, we are trying to help them in everyway possible and we promise them that victory is near"

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Pro-Russian Separatists in Slovyansk
Slovyansk, Ukraine
By Andrey Borodulin
25 Apr 2014

Pro-Russian armed militians occupy official buildings in Slovyansk in East Ukraine. On thursday, 24th of April, five pro-Russian separatists were killed by Ukrainian troops, according to the Kiev government. Separatists say only two were killed. Few marks of fightings were visible on thursday night. The situation remains confused.

It's the first time Kiev's troops have used lethal force to take back territories from pro-Russian militias who have seized swathes of eastern Ukraine since April 6. Separatists proclaimed an independent "People's Republic of Donetsk" and have since occupied some official buildings in Slovyansk.

Russia has massed thousands of troops along the border.