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Syrian Army Entering Historical Villa...
Maa'loula
By Transterra Editor
24 Apr 2014

Location: Syria, Rural Damascus, Maa’loula

Storyline:

Syrian Army troops have captured some of the last remaining opposition strongholds north of Damascus, including the ancient Christian hamlet of Maa'loula.

The rebels loss of a key supply route into opposition-held districts around Damascus, helps strengthen President Bashar Al-Assad's position in and around the capital ahead of presidential elections during which he intends to run for a third term.

The capture of Sarkha, Maaloula and Jibbeh was the latest in a series of successes by Assad forces against rebels in the Qalamoun region since launching an offensive in November in the strategic area, a wedge of mountainous territory between the capital and the Lebanese border.

Maaloula, a historic Christian enclave set into the rocky hills, has changed hands several times in the war.

Rebels still hold a few towns and other pockets in Qalamoun. Control of the region means control over the flow of weapons and fighters to Ghouta, a sprawling opposition area east of Damascus from which rebels have been firing mortars into the capital. It is also important because of a highway that links Damascus to the Mediterranean port of Latakia and the coast, the heartland of the Alawite sect that Assad and his family belong to.

ShotList:

  1. Wide of an ambulance approaching at the entrance of al-Sarkha village in the way to Maa’loula
  2. Wide of the entrance of al-Sarkha village
  3. Wide of a small building with a sign reading: Rural Damascus Province, municipality of al-Sarkha
  4. Med of interiors of al-Sarkha municipality
  5. Two shots of al-Sarkha village
  6. Wide of Safir hotel in Maa’loula
  7. Wide of St. Sarkis and St. Bacchus Monastery in the mountains of Maa’loula
  8. Med of destroyed building with a sign reading: SAFIR with the Syrian flag in the sign
  9. Various shots of SAFIR hotel in Maa’loula
  10. GV of St. Taqla Monastery in Maa’loula
  11. Med of a sign on the wall of the monastery reading: Holy liturgy daily at 07:30 a.m, Open at 08:00 a.m
  12. Wide of the inner yard of St. Taqla monastery
  13. Med of broken crosses, photos of Jesus christ and the virgin Mary on the ground among broken glass inside St. Taqla monastery
  14. Various of people in al-Jebbeh village near Maa’loula celebrating the arrival of the Syrian army
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Easter Prayers in Maaloula, Syria
Maaloula
By Transterra Editor
20 Apr 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Maaloula, Syria

Patriarch Gregory III Al Laham, the Patriarch of Antakya and all the East, conducted prayers for the Easter holiday in the Chiristian village of Maaloula, Syria. The Syrian Army gained control of the village last week from opposition forces.

After the prayers the patriarch toured the destruction of the Christian and Islamic worship places. He visited the monastery of Mar Takla, and the church of St. George, as well as a mosque in the village.

Interviews:

1- Patriarch Al Laham

In a press conference after the prayer, “we send a message to the whole world that we want peace and security and goodness and co-existence for all people of this country. Listening to each other and coexistence are what brings us together.”

2- A citizen of Ma’loula

They targeted worship places. They are full of hate and hold “Takfiri” thoughts. They want to spread hatred among people.

3- A citizen of Ma’loula

They targeted churches out of their jealousy and because they are not real believers. Islam is not like that. The citizens of “Ayn Al Tyne” took in the citizens of Ma’loula, but the Muslims of Ma’loula betrayed Ma’loula’s people and we do not want them to come back here.

Shotlist:

1-Various Shots of Ma’loula

2- Shots of burnt houses due to the military operations the city has witnessed

3- Shots of “Safir Ma’loula” Hotel

4- Shots of a street near the main square in Ma’loula showing damage due to bomb attacks in the sewers underneath the streets.

5- Shots of “Mar Takla” Monastery

6- Shot of Virgin Mary statue after it was destroyed

7- Shots of the entrance of the “Mar Takla” monastery and the effects of fire and destruction

8- Arrival of Patriarch Al Laham

9- Shots of St. George Church

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Syrian Army Entering Historical Villa...
Syria, Maaloula
By Transterra Editor
14 Apr 2014

Residents of al-Jebbeh village welcoming Syrian soldiers and pro-militia members after handing out their weapons (according to our resources there)

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Syrian Army Entering Historical Villa...
Syria, Maaloula
By Transterra Editor
14 Apr 2014

Wide shot of monastery of St. GE and St. Bacchus. Letters reading Couvent of St. GE and St. Bacchus

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Syrian Army Entering Historical Villa...
Syria, Maaloula
By Transterra Editor
14 Apr 2014

Broken glass, bottles with icons, crosses and photos of Jesus christ and Virgin Mary

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Syrian Army Entering Historical Villa...
Syria, Maaloula
By Transterra Editor
14 Apr 2014

Young man carried on shoulders holding pic of ex- Syrian president Hafez Assad in al-Jebbeh village among other resident of the village celebrating the arrival of Syrian army

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Syrian Army Entering Historical Villa...
Syria, Maaloula
By Transterra Editor
14 Apr 2014

Three elderly women, al-Jebbeh village, one of the three village held by Syrian regular forces yesterday

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Syrian Army Entering Historical Villa...
Syria, Maaloula
By Transterra Editor
14 Apr 2014

Close portrait of a child in al-Jebbeh village near Maa’loula

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Syrian Army Entering Historical Villa...
Syria, Maaloula
By Transterra Editor
14 Apr 2014

Building with gun shot on its wall and a sign reading SAFIR hotel with four stars

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Syrian Army Entering Historical Villa...
Syria, Maaloula
By Transterra Editor
14 Apr 2014

Destroyed building with a sign reading SAFIR hotel with syrian flag

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Syrian Army Entering Historical Villa...
Syria, Maaloula
By Transterra Editor
14 Apr 2014

Syrian soldiers lifting their semi-machine guns and a reporter in blue vest looking at them

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Syrian Army Entering Historical Villa...
Syria, Maaloula
By Transterra Editor
14 Apr 2014

Three Syrian soldiers on top of a vehicle with a machine gun

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Syrian Army Entering Historical Villa...
Syria, Maaloula
By Transterra Editor
14 Apr 2014

Black pick up vehicle at on the road leading to the entrance of al-Sarkha village near Maa’loula

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Syrian Army Entering Historical Villa...
Syria, Maaloula
By Transterra Editor
14 Apr 2014

A sign of al-Sarkha village, a small village near Maa’loula

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Syrian Army Entering Historical Villa...
By Transterra Editor
13 Apr 2014

Icons and crosses in the yard of St. Taqla monastery

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Syrian Army Entering Historical Villa...
By TTM Contributor 4
12 Apr 2014

Syrian Army troops have captured some of the last remaining opposition strongholds north of Damascus, including the ancient Christian hamlet of Maaloula.

The rebels loss of a key supply route into opposition-held districts around Damascus, helps strengthen President Bashar Al-Assad's position in and around the capital ahead of presidential elections during which he intends to run for a third term.

The capture of Sarkha, Maaloula and Jibbeh was the latest in a series of successes by Assad forces against rebels in the Qalamoun region since launching an offensive in November in the strategic area, a wedge of mountainous territory between the capital and the Lebanese border.

Maaloula, a historic Christian enclave set into the rocky hills, has changed hands several times in the war.

Rebels still hold a few towns and other pockets in Qalamoun. Control of the region means control over the flow of weapons and fighters to Ghouta, a sprawling opposition area east of Damascus from which rebels have been firing mortars into the capital. It is also important because of a highway that links Damascus to the Mediterranean port of Latakia and the coast, the heartland of the Alawite sect that Assad and his family belong to.

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Maaloula Nuns are Freed by Rebels in ...
Jdaidat Yabous
By TTM Contributor 4
09 Apr 2014

Dope Sheet

Story title: The release of the Maloula nuns
Production Date: 10-March-2014
Site: Yaboos crossing on the Syrian-Lebanese border

Storyline: The nuns of the monastery Mar Taqla from the town of Maloula in the suburbs of Damascus are brought to the Yaboos crossing, after a kidnapping that lasted more than 90 days.
The 13 nuns and three teachers that were with them arrived to the crossing of Yaboos in a security convoy of Lebanese General Security, headed by the Director General of the General Security Abbas Ibrahim. The nun Blajaa Sayyaf said in a statement to reporters that the treatment received by the nuns from Jabhat Al Nussra was good and well.

Sayyaf denied that anyone forced them to remove their crosses but they did it themselves, noting that they moved in several places.
Sayyaf thanked Director General of the Lebanese General Security Abbas Ibrahim for his efforts, and also thanked the Syrian president for communication with the Emir of Qatar.
The nuns were detained in December after the control of Islamist fighters on the old part of the Christian town of Maloula north of Damascus.

Sources from the Syrian capital revealed that the exchange deal for the Lebanese nuns was done after the release of 153 detained women in prisons of the Syrian regime, where some of them were transferred to Lebanon.
Maloula town which is located about 55 kilometers north of Damascus has a majority population of Christians, especially Roman Catholics who speak Aramaic, the language of Christ.

Interviewees:

Name: Mother Fadia Al Ham
"The kidnapping of the nuns in itself constitute the most extreme evil in Syria, there return is the turning point to the better, to humanity, to solve the situation in a humanitarian way, where the human relates to his human brother, the solution above all should be Syrians between each other, secondly it will be between Syria and its neighbors, finally between the big people in the world, this is a message we say to the human being to come back to his essence and do not use everything for personal gain, because the human being is above all the nuns will tell us, as they have become witnesses to this crisis, think about all the kidnapped in Syria today, think about all the killed in Syria, all the widows and martyrs, and the destroyed infrastructure. Stop destroying the landmarks of a country that has nothing to do with the situation as a country. We want to thank all the people that intervened to help bring our nuns back, I will thanked the kidnappers for bringing them back, and hopefully all the kidnappers in Syria will follow them and bring the kidnapped back so we can rejoice like today. And hopefully we will get rid of the violence in Syria and everywhere in the world".

Name: Major General Abbas Ibrahim Director of the Lebanese General Security
"The operation has ended the nuns that were kidnapped are now with the general security and are on their way here, we are known that we abide by all of what we are committed to, a part of the operation we will do starting tomorrow morning, the guarantee is president Al Assad and we will continue Based on this guarantee. We started with the serious work 4 months ago".

Name: One of the freed nuns of the monastery of Mar Taqla in the town of Maloula
"They served us and helped us and they gave us a palace to live in not a house." Q: How did you get out? "They freed us."
Q: Why? "Because we asked".
Q: Why did they kidnap you in the first place?
"Because Jabhat al Nussra was trying to destroy our monastery that is why they took us".

Shot List:
• The immigration department building of the Ministry of the Interior at the Syrian border with Lebanon • Figures and members of the media waiting for nuns in the waiting room of the passport and immigration building • Nuns arrival to the waiting room of the passport and immigration building • nuns in the presence of the governor of Damascus and the Director-General of the Lebanese General Security Abbas Ibrahim and a crowd of media and parents in the waiting room of the Passport and Immigration building

ورقة المعلومات

عنوان القصة: الافراج عن راهبات معلولا

تاريخ الإنتاج:10-03-2014

موقع التصوير: معبر جديدة يابوس على الحدود السورية اللبنانية

شرح القصة: وصلت راهبات دير مار تقلى في بلدة معلولا بريف دمشق الى معبر جديدة يابوس بعد اختطاف دام اكثر من 90 يوماً .

الراهبات الـ 13 والمعلمات الـ 3 الواتي كن برفقتهن وصلن الى معبر جديدة يابوس بموكب امني تابع للامن العام اللبناني يرئسه مدير عام الامن العام عباس ابراهيم ..

وقالت الراهبة بلاجيا سياف في تصريح للصحفيين ان المعاملة التي تلقتها الراهبات من جبهة النصرة كانت معاملة جيدة وحسنة ".

و نفت سياف ان يكون احد اجبرهن على خلع الصلبان بل أنهن من قمن بذلك ، مشيرة الى انهن تنقلت في عدة امكنة ".

وشكرت الراهبة سياف مدير عام الامن العام اللبناني عباس ابراهيم على جهوده وكذلك شكرت الرئيس السوري لتواصله مع امير قطر ".

وكانت الراهبات احتجزن في ديسمبر/كانون الأول بعد سيطرة مقاتلين إسلاميين على الجزء القديم من بلدة معلولا المسيحية شمال دمشق.

وكشفت مصادر في العاصمة السورية ان صفقة تبادل الراهبات اللبنانيات تم بعد الافراج عن 153 معتقلة سورية في سجون النظام السوري ، حيث تم نقل بعضهم الى لبنان ".

وتقع بلدة معلولا على بعد 55 كلم شمالي دمشق وغالبية سكانها من المسيحيين خصوصا من الروم الكاثوليك الذين يتكلمون الآرامية لغة المسيح.

المتكلمون: (ذكر الإسم، الصفة، مختصر الكلام).

الإسم – الصفة: الام فاديا الحام

الإسم – الصفة:اللواء عباس ابراهيم مدير الامن العام اللبناني

الإسم – الصفة: راهبة محررة من راهبات دير مار تقلا في بلدة معلولا

لائحة اللقطات: ( شرح غير تفصيلي لمجموعة اللقطات بالفيديو)

                     -            مبنى ادارة الهجرة والجوازات التابع لوزارة الداخلية السورية عند الحدود مع لبنان.

                                      -            شخصيات واعلاميين في انتظار الراهبات في صالون مبنى ادارة الهجرة والجوازات

                                                    -            وصول الراهبات والدخول الى صالون مبنى ادارة الهجرة والجوازات

                 -            الراهبات بحضور محافظ ريف دمشق والمدير العام للامن العام اللبناني عباس ابراهيم وحشد من الاعلاميين والاهل في صالون مبنى ادارة الهجرة والجوازات.
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Christian fear of Islamism
Damascus, Syria
By lukas.goga
23 Sep 2013

Article is about Syrian Christians who fear of their future in Syria if Islamism won. Photos are from Bab Touma, a Christian quarter in Old Damascus

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Maaloula, Syria
Maaloula, Syria
By upheavalproductions
28 Jan 2011

A view of the Christian village of Maaloula, Syria.