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Le Chaînon Manquant ISIS Palmyra Selects
Palmyra
By saadalsaad
30 Apr 2018

Two selects from the ISIS Palmyra footage by Saad Al Saad.

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Raw Video Palmyra, Syria ISIS Select 1
Palmyra
By saadalsaad
29 Apr 2018

Two selects from the ISIS Palmyra footage by Saad Al Saad

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Raw Video Palmyra, Syria ISIS Select 2
Palmyra
By saadalsaad
29 Apr 2018

Two selects from the ISIS Palmyra footage by Saad Al Saad

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Al-Hamidiyya Souk in Damascus
Damascus
By TTM Contributor 4
02 Mar 2014

Title: Al-Hamidiyya Souk in Damascus

Date: 02/03/2014Location: Damascus, Al Hamidiyya Souk

Description:With the Syrian crisis entering its fourth year, Al-Hamidiyya Souk stays a hub for the shoppers. Al-Hamidiyya Souk is a site where Syria’s diversity is concentrated in a single place. Whoever visits Damascus and doesn’t go to the Souk is as if they didn’t visit the city at all, the oldest inhabited city in History. The Souk that was built hundreds of years ago and hold its current shape since the 17th century, during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Abd Al-Hamid II.On its side passes the street that is 600 meters long and on its sides you can find 200 shops of different types. The Souk itself is divided into several sub-souks like the silk market, the jewelry market, the tailors’ market and others. It is safe to say that the Syrians invented the Mall hundreds of years ago. Al-Hamidiyya souk saw the first protests in March 2011. The Syrian crisis affected the market and the shoppers are gone. Despite the shops being open, due to the armed clashes that regularly occur in Damascus and its suburbs (country side) the shoppers, especially the tourists that represent a big portion of the market’s income, are not coming anymore, neither are the locals who are afraid after the area was shelled a few times, resulting in several deaths and injuries.

The Interviewees:

Abu Abdo owner of “The Orientals” shop says: “We are very much so affected by the crisis, work is very slow, specially for my type of business that greatly relies on western and Arab tourists.”

Shopper 1: “The Syrian crisis affected the markets, some people are scared to go out. Also, there are no tourists and the Syrians are using their savings on food and buying only things that they really need.”

Shopper 2: “When it comes to Souk Al-Hamidiyya, the people are scared, it’s not like before when we used to go down and buy what we wanted. Now we buy only what we really need. May God protect Syria."

Shopper 3: "Al-Hamidiyya Souk was where everyone from all areas and provinces would come and buy whatever they wanted, but now the number of shoppers has gone down drastically because of the situation."

Shopper 4: "Before we came here and found the market full of all types of people, people buying, but now there's almost no one, just a few people."

B-Roll: A collection of shots of the Souk and its shops, as well as the shoppers. Shot of the entrance of the marketplace from the Al-Oumawi Mosque side and the ancient ruins that still stand at the gates of the Souk.