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By QUSAY NOOR
08 Feb 2018

The Civil Defense takes the victims from the rubble as a result of several air raids on the western city of Ghouta?الدفاع المدني يأخذ الضحايا من تحت الأنقاض جراء عدة غارات جوية على مدينة غربين في الغوطة الشرقية

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Eastern Ghouta
By QUSAY NOOR
08 Feb 2018

The Civil Defense takes the victims from the rubble as a result of several air raids on the western city of Ghouta?الدفاع المدني يأخذ الضحايا من تحت الأنقاض جراء عدة غارات جوية على مدينة غربين في الغوطة الشرقية

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Eastern Ghouta
By QUSAY NOOR
08 Feb 2018

The Civil Defense takes the victims from the rubble as a result of several air raids on the western city of Ghouta?الدفاع المدني يأخذ الضحايا من تحت الأنقاض جراء عدة غارات جوية على مدينة غربين في الغوطة الشرقية

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Eastern Ghouta
By QUSAY NOOR
08 Feb 2018

The Civil Defense takes the victims from the rubble as a result of several air raids on the western city of Ghouta?الدفاع المدني يأخذ الضحايا من تحت الأنقاض جراء عدة غارات جوية على مدينة غربين في الغوطة الشرقية

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Eastern Ghouta
By QUSAY NOOR
08 Feb 2018

The Civil Defense takes the victims from the rubble as a result of several air raids on the western city of Ghouta?الدفاع المدني يأخذ الضحايا من تحت الأنقاض جراء عدة غارات جوية على مدينة غربين في الغوطة الشرقية

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Eastern Ghouta
By QUSAY NOOR
08 Feb 2018

The Civil Defense takes the victims from the rubble as a result of several air raids on the western city of Ghouta?الدفاع المدني يأخذ الضحايا من تحت الأنقاض جراء عدة غارات جوية على مدينة غربين في الغوطة الشرقية

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Eastern Ghouta
By QUSAY NOOR
08 Feb 2018

The Civil Defense takes the victims from the rubble as a result of several air raids on the western city of Ghouta?الدفاع المدني يأخذ الضحايا من تحت الأنقاض جراء عدة غارات جوية على مدينة غربين في الغوطة الشرقية

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
13 Nov 2016

Vytautas Pusvaskis joined the Soviet resistance in 1945 when he was 15 years old. He worked as an informant and a helper due to his young age. Vytautas was eventually captured and sentenced to death. At the same time, death was abolished in the Soviet Union and he was instead sent to a forced labour camp in Moldova, where he survived for 8 years before faking an illness and securing release. “I joined the RU in 1991, and I’m 87 years old now; and so I still serve.”

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
13 Nov 2016

Youngsters can join the union at the age of 11, but will not touch a real weapon until the age of 18. Regardless, militarised structure and discipline takes the leading role in their activities.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

National Defence Volunteers (KASP), part of the Lithuanian armed forces, storm a building occupied by the RU, who pose as the separatists.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

RU mount a formidable defense against the attacking infantry.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

KASP is bogged down in close-quarters combat, with the heavily entrenched RU fighters.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

Flare launched by the attacking military forces signals for the three-pronged attack to begin; heavy snow has fallen overnight.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

RU member prepares dud IEDs, to ring the ‘separatist’ HQ.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

Members of the RU wait for the assault to begin. Mindaugas, pictured on the left, said: “It’s just weird how a tiny country Lithuania is perceived by a much greater country, in the sense of size, as an enemy to them.”

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

RU detain a ‘civilian’ carrying an IED through a makeshift checkpoint.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

Members of the RU prepare a meal on an open fire. All supplies are self-funded.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

RU commanders discuss last-minute defense plans for the morning’s assault.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
22 Oct 2016

Neimantas Psilenskis, a member of the RU since he was 14 years old, gets married in the Kaunas Garrison Church. After permission was given to wear the ceremonial uniform, he was greeted by the Honorary Guard himself.

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Aleppo’s “White Helmets” Struggle to...
Aleppo
By ishmael
11 Nov 2014

Aleppo, Syria

November 4 and 12, 2014

In the rebel-held neighborhood of Bab al-Nairab rescue workers known as “White Helmets” face daily risks to save civilians’ lives.
Armed with sledge hammers and drilling compressors, these rescuers are the first responders after regime warplanes and helicopters drop explosive barrels on civilian buildings.
This video shows a rescue operation that lasted for more than 16 hours. While two people were pulled out of the rubble with minor wounds, a young girl and two men did not make it.
In another rescue caught on camera, two boys were saved as people lively cheered “God is great”. The boys’ mother was also saved.
Rescue workers say that they need heavy equipment such as excavation vehicles to work more efficiently. Acting faster could mean saving more lives, according to one to one the rescuers.

Shot List

00:00 – 00:17
A pan left movement shows rescue workers get in their headquarters get up in a hurry as one of them receives a call through his walkie-talkie.
00:18 – 00:43 A wide shot shows rescue workers get into a fire vehicle and the vehicle drives away.
00:44 – 00:57
A medium shot shows a rescue worker lifting the rubble of a demolished building with a shovel.
00:58 – 01:21
A medium shot shows a rescue worker making a hole in the demolished house roof with a large drilling compressor.
01:22 – 01:35 A medium shot shows a rescue worker breaking down the roof of a demolished building with a sledge hammer.
01:36 – 01:38
A close-up shot shows a man’s face while drilling sound can be heard in the background.
01:39 – 01:54
A zoom-out shot shows a man watching rescue workers digging the rubble of a demolished building.
01: 55 – 02:15
A wide shot shows rescue workers digging through the rubble from a different angle.

02:16 – 02:42

Interview with rescue worker (Man, Arabic)/ interview transcript below
“The previous team’s shift is over – they were working for eight hours. Now we came and we continue to work. “However, we lack equipment. We only have light equipment while we need heavy equipment. We need camera to detect dead bodies under the rubble. “As you can see, there is huge devastation and we need heavy equipment like excavation vehicles.”

02:43 – 02:54
A medium shot shows a rescue workers digging using drilling compressor.
02:55 – 03:12
A medium shot shows a rescue worker breaking the roof a demolished building with a sledge hammer, while another drills with a drilling compressor.

03:13 – 03:28
Two close-up shots show a rescue worker cutting the iron rods in a demolished building’s roof.
03:29 – 04:18
Several shots show a group of rescue workers digging through the roof of a demolished building.
04:19 – 04:42
A medium shot shows a drilling compressor and a sledge hammer operated by rescue workers.

04:43 – 05:40
Interview with / interview transcript below
“I am the head of a civil defense team made of two groups – each one is made of six members and a driver. We are facing a lot of difficulties.
The team has been working for the past 24 hours – one group replaced another.
The difficulties we are facing are the lack of equipment. We have manual equipment such as drilling compressors and electric saws. This issue is causing us a lot of problems.
Also, we cannot communicate with each other.
We need modern vehicles – we cannot do achieve anything with the vehicles that we have. After every strike, the equipment breaks down after 10 minutes.
We need newer and more effective equipment.
The guys are working for around 24 hours – from day to night. We dug out a 40-year-old man who was already dead. He might have died because we were late."

05:41 – 05:59
A wide shot shows a group of rescue workers eating together.

06:00 – 08:03
Interview with rescue worker (Man, Arabic)

“I am a resident of Bab al-Nairab neighborhood. We are being bombed every day because our area is at the center of the liberated area. We are currently suffering from heavy bombing from the regime’s warplanes.
In this strike, at least 10 people were killed; most of them were kids. In the civil defense, we are suffering from a lack of equipment. We urgently need heavy equipment to save these kids. We work to save people.
We suffer a lot. We work for 24 hours on end.
In this strike, we have been working for 48 hours. Work is very slow. We need heavy equipment such as [excavation] vehicles. We have none of these.
We are repeatedly asked about we need, and it is as if we are not saying anything. I hope that we receive with equipment as soon as possible for the sake of children; for the sake of the people living here.
I also like to say the population of Bab al-Nairab was around 200,000 people; today there are less than 25,000.
“What is the reason? It is because of the continuous bombing and the lack of equipment."

08:04 – 08:22
A medium shot shows rescue workers resting in the evening. A man is watching TV while the rest play cards.
08:23 – 08:38
A medium shot shows a rescue at rest, lying down and watching TV.
08:39 – 09:39
Interview with / interview transcript below
“We are at the Bab al-Nairab, in the central district of Aleppo. We cover the entire central district, including the Old City. “We are 30 people, split into two groups – one for firefighting and another for rescue. The firefighting group is made of four members and a driver, while the other group is made of six members and a driver. “We suffer a lot because the fire vehicle keeps breaking down and we cannot repair it here. It was hit several times and was severely damaged and the damages were difficult to repair. It is very difficult to make repairs in Aleppo city. “We urge donors to give attention to the city of Aleppo and help with providing vehicles. We sincerely thank them.”

09:40 – 10:16
Interview with a civilian resident of Bab al-Nairab (Man, Arabic)

“I am a resident of Bab al-Nairab. Around seven or eight days ago, a barrel bomb fell in our neighborhood. “I stayed under the rubble for two hours and my brother for 24 hours; he was dead. The civil defense team, may God repay their deeds, kept working for 24 hours. They did not stop until they got us out. “My little girl died and the civil defense got her out, thanks be to God.” 10:17 – 10:49
A medium shot shows two boys with upper bodies sticking out of the rubble while rescue workers try to dig them out.
10:50 – 11:09
A medium shot shows the rescue workers digging out the two boys from a different angle. They manage to pull one of the boys amid cries of “God is great.”

11:10 – 11:56
Interview with Bab al-Nairab resident (Man, Arabic)
“The civil defense does a humanitarian work. It has nothing to do with militarization. “Rescue workers are being held back during their work. In the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood, it took three days to remove the rubble of a building and pull out the people who were stuck. It was due to a shortage of equipment.
“They do not have excavation vehicles. They dig people out with their hands. We urge donors to provide them with vehicles. “May God give them [rescue workers] strength. They take big risks. Sometimes another explosive barrel falls near them while they are in the middle of a rescue operation and some of them get killed. “They are the first to arrive at the site where an explosive barrel falls. May God repay their good deeds and protect them.”
11:57 – 12:04
A medium shot shows rescue workers carry a person on a stretcher.