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Swedish Embassy bombing.(1of5)
Libya
By Mohammad Salama
24 Jan 2013

Car bomb at Swedish consulate in Libya's Benghazi.

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Syria - A Step Away From Heaven (6 of...
Kilis, Turkey
By Michele Pero
06 Dec 2012

Mohannad, the kid in the corner, and Mahros Ashoy, on the bed, have reported injuries to their legs during a bombing in Halep.

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Azaz Camp, Syria (15 of 41)
Azaz, Syria
By Michele Pero
06 Dec 2012

Refugee camp of Azaz, Syrian border.
Refugees from Halep and surrounding areas have lost their houses under the bombings. They left Halep with just the clothes they had at the time. They have no documents, no money, no belongings. The refugees believed the could cross the Turkish border to escape the massacres, but after a limited number of refugees were accepted by the Turkish government who settled in the nearby camp of Kilis, the border was closed. They had to settle in the camp right on the Syrian border, waiting for a move that does not arrive.

Turkey cannot take more refugees and cannot do more than what actually it does. The refugees must stay were they are, with no home in Syria anymore, no passport to leave the country, as if convicted to stay in the camp.
The excess number refugees not accepted into Turkey settled in September 2012 under big hangars once used by Syrian customs police for storing and checking goods before letting them pass the border. For months the refugees had to sleep right on the pavement, under hangars, under trucks or any other shelter available. No heating, no running water, no latrines, no roof above their heads.

Tents arrived just at around the middle of November 2012, donated by the Red Crescent of Qatar. Since that, three hangars were filled with tents, then other tents were placed on open ground. In December 2012, the number of refugees at the Azaz camp reached about 7000.

Life at the camp is hard. Volunteers from various ONG such as IHH provide meals every day. Supplies come from world wide relief organizations and volunteer donations, but they are not enough to meet the needs of so many. Tents are not waterproof. The pavement is constantly wet when the rain falls, especially hard for those ones settled on open ground. No electricity is supplied. Water is scarce and is brought in big containers for those who need it most. Heating becomes a real issue with the oncoming winter. Kids are sent to the surrounding fields to gather any burning material, but they cannot go too far since the mine fields protecting the no-man’s land are right at border line next to the camp. Refugees burn dry grass. At dusk, they must make return to their tents, because all around there is no light to even walk. They rest by candlelight in their tents until they fall asleep.
Recently a protest calling for better conditions at the camp was held at the border (see other reportage “Syria - protest in the camp of Azaz”, © Michele Pero) to get attention from the Turkish Governor of the area, with no results. These people must stay here. No place where to go, no place to return to. Convicted, forgotten. No one knows for how long.

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Syria - A Step Away From Heaven (10 o...
Kilis, Turkey
By Michele Pero
06 Dec 2012

Nagib Urabi, from Halep. He arrived here on Monday December 3rd. Under a bombing he took a shell on his leg. He ha s lost the use of the right foot. He cannot be back to walking anymore. He's 43, civilian, and works in a financial company in Halep.

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Surviving In A Ghost Town, Halep, Syr...
Aleppo, Syria
By Michele Pero
02 Dec 2012

Downtown Halep, quarters of Bustan al-Pasha and Sakhour, December 2012.
The town is partially controlled by the brigades of the Free Syria Army. Snipers, hidden in isolated buildings, necessitate a fast crossing through the large and open avenues. Some people try to continue their normal life downtown, still living in their houses, even if the majority have left for the refugee camps at the borders of the country.

MIGs and helicopters of the Bashar Al Assad regime are continuously releasing rockets and barrel-bombs over the buildings. A quick look at the sky, some strikes, the blast and gray smoke lifts not too far from where we are. Another building hit, some people wounded and injured will be soon added to the list.

Daily life in Halep is pretty scary. The regime is now releasing big barrels filled with explosives. They release these bombs over the town, anywhere they like. No targets are aimed. They throw them here and there. No one is safe in any shelter. Shelters actually don’t work. Halep is a very ancient town and buildings are very weak. In spite of that, some citizens are still keeping their homes there, still trying to lead a normal life, together with the rebels of the Free Syria Army which fight on two front lines: one against the regular forces of the regime, one other against the Kurdish minority which supports the regime. In the middle, the citizens of Halep, try to survive in a ghost town, partially destroyed, under the daily bombings of such madness.

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Surviving In A Ghost Town, Halep, Syr...
Aleppo, Syria
By Michele Pero
02 Dec 2012

Downtown Halep, quarters of Bustan al-Pasha and Sakhour, December 2012.
The town is partially controlled by the brigades of the Free Syria Army. Snipers, hidden in isolated buildings, necessitate a fast crossing through the large and open avenues. Some people try to continue their normal life downtown, still living in their houses, even if the majority have left for the refugee camps at the borders of the country.

MIGs and helicopters of the Bashar Al Assad regime are continuously releasing rockets and barrel-bombs over the buildings. A quick look at the sky, some strikes, the blast and gray smoke lifts not too far from where we are. Another building hit, some people wounded and injured will be soon added to the list.

Daily life in Halep is pretty scary. The regime is now releasing big barrels filled with explosives. They release these bombs over the town, anywhere they like. No targets are aimed. They throw them here and there. No one is safe in any shelter. Shelters actually don’t work. Halep is a very ancient town and buildings are very weak. In spite of that, some citizens are still keeping their homes there, still trying to lead a normal life, together with the rebels of the Free Syria Army which fight on two front lines: one against the regular forces of the regime, one other against the Kurdish minority which supports the regime. In the middle, the citizens of Halep, try to survive in a ghost town, partially destroyed, under the daily bombings of such madness.

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A RESCUE MISSION - Editor's Picks 29 ...
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By Editor's Picks
29 Nov 2012

Residents of the Alansari Alsharqi neighborhood band together to search for and rescue survivors among the ruins of their homes in the aftermath of shelling by government forces on the morning of November 29, 2012.

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Streets of Rubble
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

A view of the street in the neighborhood of Alansari Alsharqi, Aleppo after being shelled by government forces, the morning of November 29, 2012

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Home Targeted
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

An apartment building in the neighborhood of Alansari Alsharqi, Aleppo after being targeted by Assad's forces on the morning of November 29, 2012

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Searching For Survivors
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

Rescue teams search for survivors among the bombed out buildings that were shelled by government forces on the morning of November 29, 2012

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Still Standing
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

Two buildings, though targeted by government forces in the early morning of November 29, are still standing.

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He Mourns His Brother
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

A crowd of men gather to comfort the brother of a man who was killed in the shelling that occurred early morning on November 20, 2012

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A Rescue
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

The guys are happy they found someone alive in the rubble after the shelling in the Alansari neighborhood of Aleppo on the morning of November 29, 2012

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To The Ambulance
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

The men crowd around to help get the survivor onto the ambulance to get medical aid. The man was injured after the bombing of the Alansari neighborhood of Aleppo on the morning of November 29, 2012

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Standing In Shock
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

Abo Mahmoud, a 65 year old man, stands in shock in the Alansari neighborhood after a rough day. Several were killed and injured in the neighborhood from government forces shelling

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Saving Civilians
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

Free Syrian Army soldiers team up to try to save civilans buried in the rubble after shelling that occurred in the Alansari neighborhood of Aleppo on the morning of November 29, 2012

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Taking Cover
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

A rescue worker takes cover as a bucket falls into the pile of ruins after the shelling in the Alansari neighborhood of Aleppo on the morning of November 29, 2012

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Sky Rescue
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

A rescue team uses the electric utility worker's crane to save a woman's life after her neighborhood was shelled by government forces in Aleppo on November 29, 2012

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Rescue Crane
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

A rescue team uses the electric utility worker's crane to save a woman's life after her neighborhood was shelled by government forces in Aleppo on November 29, 2012

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Reaching Down
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

The young woman reaches the ground after being saved by a team of rescue workers from a crane. She was trapped in a building that had been shelled in the Alansari Alsharqi neighborhood of Aleppo on the morning of November 29, 2012

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Conflicted Emotions
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

Mixed expressions cross the faces of rescue workers and neighbors as a woman is rescued from a building after the area was shelled on the morning of November 29, 2012. Some are happy to help, some cry for the young woman, and others are relieved she was saved.

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Angry Crowd
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

Residents of the Alansari Alsharqi neighborhood of Aleppo gather in anger and protest as they deal with the aftermath of shelling by government forces.

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A Shocking View
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

Abo Suhail, one of the rescuers that worked hard to find survivors, looks over the area in shock after the neighborhood was shelled by government forces on the morning of November 29, 2012

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Breakdown
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

Abo Jaffar, a Free Syrian Army soldier, breaks down and cries in the destruction and aftermath of shelling by government forces on the morning of November 29, 2012

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Victory Rising
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

Two rescue workers flash the victory sign as they ascend in the crane to search for survivors of the shelling that hit the Alansari Alsharqi neighborhood of Aleppo on the morning of November 29, 2012

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Rescue Mission
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

Dr. Hamza gives directions to the medical team during the rescue mission in the Alansari Alsharqi neighborhood of Aleppo after shelling by government forces on the morning of November 29, 2012

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On The Edge
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

A rescue team works on the edge of a building to uncover survivors from the rubble of a destroyed building in the aftermath of shelling by government forces on the morning of November 29, 2012

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A Long Day
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

A rescue worker, covered in blood from injured civilians, views the ruins below after a long day of searching for survivors in the aftermath of shelling by government forces earlier in the day

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Whisked Away
Alansari, Aleppo, Syria
By ward.furati
29 Nov 2012

Crowds gather as rescue workers load injured people into the ambulance in the aftermath of shelling by government forces in the Alansari Alsharqi neighborhood of Aleppo on the morning of November 29, 2012

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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

In front of the now fully destroyed hospital is Zachariah, a young man who volunteered at the hospital since the start of the conflict in July. He was married to a nurse last month, but she was killed in the air raid on 22/11.

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

Zachariah and a former doctor look through the collapsed ceiling of the operating room. This is where Zachariah's wife Busrah fell to her death after the rocket hit. She was working on the first floor at the time of the airstrike.

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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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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 to inspect the damage dealt to a school 15 minutes after a government airstrike.

A syrian aircraft hit a local school twice at 6am on 29/11, dealing great damage 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

A local resident walks past the site of a government airstrike that was targeting a local school.

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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Broken Dishes In A Gaza Home
Gaza City, Palestine
By kkoponen
19 Nov 2012

Broken pottery scattered in a home in Gaza City after an Israeli bombing.

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A Car Hit By Israeli Missile
Gaza City, Palestine
By kkoponen
19 Nov 2012

One person died in a direct hit to a car by an Israeli weapon in Gaza city. Firemen attached a cable to tow the wreck away while people looked on.

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Medics Carry A Burned Man In Gaza
Gaza City, Palestine
By kkoponen
19 Nov 2012

A badly burned man was rushed to an ambulance after the media house in Gaza City took a second direct hit within a couple of days.

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Man Runs From Burning Building In Gaza
Gaza City, Palestine
By kkoponen
19 Nov 2012

A man runs from an office building for local media outlets after it took a second direct hit within a couple of days in Gaza City.