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Unidentified Body Lands Near Lebanon-...
Marjaayoun
By lotfallah
15 Feb 2015

Marjaayoun, Lebanon

February 15, 2015

An unidentified object fell from the sky in south Lebanon near the border with Israel on Sunday, February 15, according to eyewitnesses. The Lebanese Army searched for the unknown white body, which landed near the Lebanese town of Deir Mimas.

Israeli forces routinely monitor south Lebanon using warplanes and remotely controlled drones. Hezbollah is also known to have to launched several unmanned drones as part of its conflict with Israel.

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Families of Kidnapped Lebanese Soldie...
Beirut
By wissam fanash
13 Jan 2015

Beirut, Lebanon

January 14, 2015

Dozens of families have set up protest tents in downtown Beirut to pressure the Lebanese into working on liberating their sons who were kidnapped in August 2014 by militants believed to be affiliated with the Nusra Front and ISIS.
Militants who crossed the border from Syria in the summer kidnapped 38 Lebanese soldiers and security officers. The kidnappers have executed several hostages and threatened to kill more of them if the Lebanese government did not release Islamist militants from prison.
Families of the hostages have been criticized by politicians and residents of Beirut for blocking the roads during protests.
Following a deadly suicide bomb attack on January 10 against the Alawite neighbourhood of Jabal Mohsen in Tripoli, which was claimed by the Nusra Front, security forces raided a building in the overcrowded Roumieh prison where jihadist inmates are held. The militants are believed to have led the bombing from inside their prison cells. Families of the hostages fear that these developments will affect negotiations to release them.

Shot List

1- Tilt down/ wide of poster featuring portraits of kidnapped soldiers.
2- Various of protest tents set up by kidnapped soldiers’ families
3- Medium of Hussein Youssef, father of kidnapped soldier Mohamad Youssef talking on the phone
4- Wide of police vehicle parked next to protest tent
5- Wide of poster featuring kidnapped police officer First Sergeant George Khazzaqa
6- Wide of women in front of protest tents
7- Wide of tents
8- Wide of two women in front of protest tents
9- Various of protest tents
10- Wide of poster featuring kidnapped police officer with the writing: “Abbas Msheik, you have been away for too long"
11- Wide of poster with portraits of kidnapped soldiers and headquarters of the cabinet
12- Wide of two men and a woman sitting next to protest tent
13- Medium of people sitting inside protest tents
14- Close up of kettle with poster featuring kidnapped soldiers in background
15- Various of hostages’ female relatives

NAT SOUND: conversation in Arabic: - We heard explosions -The Lebanese Army will strike them… (woman crying) I did not recognize my son! 16- Close up of woman crying
17- Medium/ zoom out of people sitting inside protest tent

Soundbites

Soundbite (Arabic, Man) Hussein Youssef, father of kidnapped soldier Mohamad Youssef
(0:41-1:49) Twenty or 25 days ago, we, as families, decided to distance ourselves from the media, because at some point, media coverage was harming us. Maybe it was unintentional.We promised the prime minister to open the road and not escalate the situation or make any statements. But 25 days later, after we felt that we were not being dealt with seriously, and following the security procedures taken by the interior minister – we appreciate these measures by we think this procedure could have been made before or later. The prisoners of Roumieh have not been there since yesterday, they have been there for a long time, and this process could have taken place at another time. Anyway, the escalation that we are going to carry out will be proportional to the danger that we felt. For 25 days, we have stayed away from media and remained calm because we felt we have been treated positively. Now we have felt something negative so we are forced to escalate.
We hope that the government can take positive actions to stop us from escalating – not to stop us violently, of course, but to give us a reason not to escalate.

(01:54-02:34) SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Hussein Youssef, father of kidnapped soldier Mohamad Youssef
“After what happened in the north in Jabal Mohsen and in Roumieh prison, I feel that we are back to point zero. This is what drove us insane and caused is to threaten to escalate and demand our rights. We hope that the threats against us are not serious and that we do not wish to block the roads and stop people from going to work. We are also human, and we feel people's pain. We do not wish anyone to suffer the way we are suffering."

SOUNDBITE Arabic, woman Unnamed, Mother of kidnapped soldier Hussein Ammar
(04:16-04:45) “I demand all Arab countries, I demand clerics… I saw my son and could not recognize him. I was told ‘Go see your son, Um Hussein.’ I saw my son and did not recognize him. I ask everyone to help us and help free our children, we are suffering, but now I am suffering more." (04:50-05:03) “I ask all the good people, all the people who can help, to rescue our children, those poor children who were left far and our government is not giving them any attention."

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, woman) Unnamed, Mother of kidnapped soldier Khaled Moqbel
(05:07-04:16) “Our government did not do anything for us, it abandoned us, we have been thrown on the side of the road for three and a half months, and our government did not care about us."

(5:24-05:56) SOUNDBITE (Arabic, woman) Unnamed, Mother of kidnapped soldier Khaled Moqbel
I call on Turkey and the Muslim Scholars Assembly, I ask Erdogan… we are Muslims and the kidnappers are Muslims. For the sake of Prophet Mohammad… This is a human cause. Please help us, and release the captives, interfere in our case, please interfere in our case, for the sake of Prophet Mohammad. We have been sitting on the road for the past four months; nobody is looking at us or has mercy on us.

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A Village Divided Between Lebanon and...
Dhaira
By wissam fanash
03 Jan 2015

Various elder residents of a Lebanese village on the border with Israel tell the story of how their village and families came to be divided by the creation of Israel in 1948. Part of the Aramsha clan, their lands included four of five villages that lay on both side of the future Lebanese-Israeli border prior to 1948. Today, they live in constant surveillance (a drone can be seen in the video) and are separated from their kin living in Israel by tank patrols, barbed wire and land mines. One resident speaks of how she lost her leg to a land mine laid by Israelis when attempting to attend her father's funeral on the other side of the border. Since she can no longer obtain a permit to visit her relatives, it has been 20 years since she last saw her family.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Various of Fakhri Fanash with grandchildren walking in garden
Various of Israeli armored vehicles driving along Israeli-Lebanese border

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Fakhri Fanash, Dignitary of Aramsha Clan
01:26 – 04:49

“We are part of the Aramsha clan, which live in about four or five villages. This is Dhaira; over there are the villages of Idmith, Iribbin and Jordeh. We are all cousins, brothers and relatives. The lands that can be seen within the occupied territories are ours. I can name them: over there is Safra, Bater, Jordeh, Jrad Moussa; this Khallet al-Adas or Khallet al-Saheb. All of these lands were ours. We were part of one tribe. The Israeli invasion, or colonialism, divided this land. Some people are here in Dhaira – about one quarter [of the clan] and three quarters stayed there. There were four brothers, two of whom stayed there and two came here.

After 1948, they [Israelis] started annexing lands and [planting] mines and barbed wires. They set up the land the way they wanted. They took this part of the land.
In the Lebanese part of these territories, which is still with us, there are landmines over there where these olive trees are planted.

Behind Jordeh there is a cemetery, called the Aramsha Cemetery. This was both ours and theirs. You see, when my grandfather died, people were crying. There was a Lebanese Army patrol to keep people apart. All of our relatives from Palestine came to the cemetery, but we were about two meters away from each other. When the Army saw that people were crying and concerned for each other, it allowed people from both sides to come together. There were no barbed wires or landmines in that spot. All people came together, and the funeral became like a wedding because people were able to reunite.

Look at that patrol [DRONE CAN BE SEEN IN THE SKY]. It goes on day and night. There are also armored vehicles and tanks. We have property deeds form the Ottoman era that prove [our ownership over] the land that you can see in front of you, which is vast. We have documents written by the notary of Acre. During peace negotiations between Lebanon and the Israeli enemy, the ministry of foreign affairs asked us to present these papers, which we did. Afterwards, things went bad among Arab countries and we did not get anything from this.”

Wide of Israeli patrol
Wide/ zoom out of Fakhri Fanash’s grandchildren watch Israeli armored vehicle on other side of the border.
Various of Khairiya al-Moghais walking

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Khairiya al-Moghais, Aramsha Clan Member

05: 14 – 09:05

“This is my sister [SHOWING PHOTOS]. These are my brother and his wife. This is also my brother and his wife. And this is my daughter.

It has been about 20 years. I used to visit them before, using a permit. Now I cannot go anywhere. I have not seen her for 20 years. This is also my brother. This is my daughter and this is my other daughter. When I see [their photo] I cry. I wish I could meet them.

I left my parents and ran away to Lebanon when I met my husband. I stayed at my sister’s, and then they took me to Beirut. I was sentenced to one month [in prison].

I have not seen my parents for 40 years.

Interviewer: Are you not communicating with them?
- No Interviewer: You do not know what is happening to them either?
- No, no. They forbid them… we used to shout to each other, but since the liberation we have not dared to talk to them. They do not dare to talk with us either.
Interviewer: Who is preventing you from doing that?
- We are scared. We are scared here. We do not dare. And over there, [Israeli] patrols guard the barbed wire.

I once heard an announcement over the loud speaker coming from the village of Jordeh. I thought my father died. I stepped on a wire. I was not thinking of the wire, I was only thinking of my father. I heard a sound and I thought I had stepped on a metal can. I did not realize it was a landmine. I walked a bit further and the landmine went off. I fell on the ground. I saw that my leg was cut off. I started to scream and people came in a hurry from Dhaira and from the other side, but people could not talk to each other.

I was lying in the middle; Israel was on this side and Lebanon on the other. Then they carried me away.

I stayed on the floor. I then extended my hand to a soldier from a patrol because I was in a lot of pain. I wanted him to lift me. He waved his hand as if to say “no.” They removed the landmines then took me in an ambulance.

I wish I could see my family and daughters before I… Then, I would not care if I died… All my relatives and family… we were all living together happily. Nobody did anything to us. This is our life.”

Wide of Israeli military post
Wide/ traveling of Israeli Humvee driving on other side of border
Wide of United Nation border demarcation barrel
Wide of territory across barbed wires
Various of landmine warning signs
Close up of flour/ demarcation barrel in background
Wide of car moving on other side of the Israeli border
Wide of Israeli military post
Various of landmine warning signs and border fence
Traveling of Jordeh, a village inhabited by Aramsha clan and held by Israel
Various of Israeli military transmission tower
Traveling of United Nations helicopter
Traveling of village Mazraat al-Aramsha, a village inhabited by Aramsha clan and controlled by Israel
Wide of woman walking by border fence on the Israeli side
Various of trees
Wide of houses on Israeli side of the border
Wide of children and cattle on Israeli side of border
Wide of landmine warning sign
Various of children on side of border

NAT Sound (Arabic) conversation across the border
-We are from Palestine. - What is your name? -Mohammad. - Mohammad what? -[UNINTELLIGIBLE] -Mohammad what? -Mohammad Jomaa. We are Arabs, not Jews. - Who are you? -Ahmad -Omar, Ali, Ahmad, Hammoudi, Lyn”

Children on Lebanese side waving the Palestinian flag.
Wide of Israeli Humvee driving by

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Lebanon: Tripoli Refugees Shelter in ...
Tripoli
By Samir Tadmoury
26 Oct 2014

October 27, 2014
Tripoli, Lebanon

Refugees from Tripoli's embattled Bab el-Tebanneh neighborhood seek shelter in a school in the Mina district of the city. A Lebanese Army offensive against radical Islamist militants in the neighborhood led to the latest exodus from the neighborhood. Footage includes footage of injured civilians in a hospital, refugees seeking shelter in a school, and Lebanese Army soldiers defusing an improvised explosive device.

Translation:

(Man, Arabic)

(00:29) My back and my arm got injured, I was sitting on the couch. The shot came from the back. I was at home, with women and elderly. The house is in Tebbane. The fragment cut through my back to my arm while I was sitting there not noticing anything. I suddenly found myself lying on the ground. (01:07)

(Man, Arabic)

(02:34) We were at home while they announced on TV that we should leave because the army will strike. so we left our homes and everything, our IDs, papers, and belongings and left. (02:49)

(Woman, Arabic)

(02:50) This is enough, people are tired of this situation, children in the hospitals, houses are destroyed, my sibling got injured by a mortar and his leg is amputated. (02:59)

(Man, Arabic)

(03:07) We left so we would not hear the noise of the shelling, it was dangerous to stay at home. many shells were dropped near my house and on my balcony. my wife was injured, and the balcony was destroyed. We were not able to stay at home, we have small children. when we noticed that people are escaping, we escaped as well. the shelling that targeted Bab al-Tebbane was random, all houses were damaged, all cars were damaged. We witnessed many conflicts, but they were nothing similar to this one.

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Clashes - Tripoli, Lebanon
Tripoli
By Samir Tadmoury
26 Oct 2014

Scenes of a clash between the Lebanese Army and extremist militants in the Bab al-Tebbaneh district of Tripoli.

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Families of Kidnapped Soldiers Rally ...
Beirut
By mchreyteh
04 Sep 2014

Families of the kidnapped Lebanese soldiers and Internal Security Forces members protested in Beirut’s Downtown, and urged the government to take immediate measures to secure their sons’ release.

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Parents of Lebanese Soldiers Held by ...
Beirut
By Joseph Barrak
02 Sep 2014

September 4, 2014
Beirut, Lebanon

Parents of Lebanese soldiers held captive by the Islamic State and the Nusra Front in Syria protest in front of the Lebanese governmental residence in Beirut.

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Arsal Battle Aftermath
Arsal
By mchreyteh
07 Aug 2014

August 7, 2014
Arsal, Lebanon

Lebanese Red Crescent entered the town of Arsal, in eastern Lebanon, after a ceasefire between the Lebanese Army and Syrian Islamic militants.
Video shows many casualties in field hospitals and Red Crescent ambulances. Video includes shots of destruction to buildings and smoke rising from shelling on a refugee camp.

Indirect negotiations between the Syrian militants and the Lebanese Army are continuing to free a number of Lebanese Army soldiers held by the militants.

According to the Lebanese National News Agency, NNA, Syrian Islamists launched a series of assaults on Saturday, August 2nd, after the Lebanese army arrested the Al-Nusra Front commander Imad Jumaa.

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Casualties of Fighting in Arsal, Lebanon
Arsal
By mchreyteh
05 Aug 2014

August 5, 2014
Arsal, Lebanon

Lebanese residents and Syrian refugees in the town of Arsal, in eastern Lebanon are fleeing the fighting between Syrian Islamist extremists and the Lebanese Army.
Video shows many casualties in field hospitals. Video includes interview with Nabil al-Halabi, member of the Coalition of Muslim Scholars, who is trying to negotiate a ceasefire.
According to the Lebanese National News Agency, NNA, Syrian Islamists launched a series of assaults on Saturday, August 2nd, after the Lebanese army arrested the Al-Nusra Front commander Imad Jumaa.

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Islamist Extremist Clash with Lebanes...
Arsal
By mchreyteh
05 Aug 2014

August 5, 2014
Arsal, Lebanon

Syrian Islamist Extremist clash with Lebanese Army soldiers in the town of Arsal, east of Lebanon.
According to the Lebanese National News Agency, NNA, Syrian Islamists launched a series of assaults on Saturday, August 2nd, after the Lebanese army arrested the Al-Nusra Front commander Imad Jumaa.

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Syrian Militants Clash With Lebanese ...
Arsal
By mchreyteh
04 Aug 2014

August 3, 2014
Arsal, Lebanon

Syrian militants clash with Lebanese Army soldiers in the town of Arsal, east of Lebanon.
According to the Lebanese National News Agency, NNA, Syrian Islamists launched a series of assaults on Saturday, August 2nd, after the Lebanese army arrested the Al-Nusra Front commander Imad Jumaa.

Sergeant George Khouri, north of al-Qoubaiyat

Nahi Bou Khalfoun, Rachaya, al-Wadi

Soldier Mohamad Hamiye, Shmustar

Soldier Mohamad al-Kadri, Ghazze, West Bekaa

Soldier Ibrahim Shaaban, North of Akkar

Soldier Ahmed Gheye, North of Akkar

Wael Darwish, Cheheem

Rayan Salam, Deir al-Ahamr, Rachaya, al-Wadi

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Israeli Forces Fires Flares Over Lebanon
By Ali Diab
13 Jul 2014

June 13, 2014
Tyre, Lebanon

Israeli forces fired flares over Lebanese southern towns of Tyre, Lebanon.
Unidentified men fired rockets late on Saturday June 12 towards Israel from al-Qlayleh, south of Tyre in southern Lebanon. The Lebanese Army have arrested a suspect.

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Fighters of Bab Al Tebbaneh, Tripoli
Tripoli, Lebanon
By Transterra Editor
26 Oct 2013

In Lebanon’s second largest city, Tripoli, Alawites loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime battle with Sunni's that support the Free Syrian opposition that live within blocks of each-other. The proxy conflict in Tripoli began over 30 years ago during the Lebanese civil war under the Syrian military occupation. Many of the Sunni fighters have crossed into Syria to fight alongside the Free Syrian Army against the regime and its allies. Tripoli, is a city that directly reflects the sectarian divisions in neighboring Syria. WIth the bombings in both Tripoli and Beirut's Dahiyeh the sectarian arms race in Tripoli continues for weaponry for what they fear is going to be the worst fighting seen in the region. Alawites populate a hillside called Jabal Mohsen and the Sunnis live in Bab al Tebbaneh that rests in the valley at the base of the hill. Events in Syria easily trigger an exchange of sniper fire and sporadic mortar shelling. All militias engaged in the conflict are heavily armed with RPGs, mortars, and heavy machine guns. In one night, over 1,000 mortars were exchanged in Tripoli. The Lebanese army has returned repeatedly to try and stabilize the area resulting in many casualties without making headway. The army has created a buffer zone on the infamous Syria Street, which has served as a front line between the battling sects since the conflict began. The Sunni fighters are always in preparation for a final fight against their pro Assad regime Alawite neighbors.

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SUNNI MILITIAS PREPARE FOR WAR 14
Tripoli Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
06 Jun 2013

Gunfire is exchanged through the night between unknown militias and the Lebanese army armored units all over Tripoli these attacks started early in the day and lasted thought the night confusing many militia leaders and caused internal conflict between the leaders who do night approve attacking the military.

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Shiekh Ahmad Abed Al-Wahed's Funeral
Tripoli, Lebanon
By Randa Mirza
21 May 2012

On the May 20th, at a checkpoint in Akkar (Northern Lebanon), the Lebanese army killed Sheikh Ahmad Abed Al-Wahed by firing his convoy. Military officials asserted that the Sunni Sheikh was shot because he did not stop at the checkpoint and his bodyguards opened fire on the military.

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Armed Militiamen
Tripoli, Lebanon
By Randa Mirza
21 May 2012

Sheikh Ahmad Abed Al-Wahed burial took place in the midst of threats directed by Sunni figures against the Lebanese army they accused of being biased in favor of Hezbollah. The Sheikh’s supporters assumed that the Lebanese army murdered the Sheikh because he was one of the most prominent supporters of the Syrian revolution in Lebanon while supporters of the Syrian regime claimed he was smuggling weapons in to the rebels in Syria.