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This contributor is a photographer with Thomson Reuters, based in Syria. He covers stories from Idlib, Deir Ezzour, Aleppo, and Lattakia and has been working as a photographer since 2008. He is currently the Editor in Chief for "Business Card," a monthly Economic magazine published in Qatar. He has also taken courses with BBC News World in Professional Ethics and Internet Search, as well as courses with Syria news in editing news. His work has been published in Vice, LBC International, Sky News Arabia and ENEX, among others.

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Life Underground: Syrians Seek Surviv...
Hama
By TTM Contributor 9
11 Mar 2015

Hama, Syria
March 11, 2015

Rebels and civilians in the Latamina area of northern Syria have taken to digging mountain shelters in order to protect themselves from government forces. A rebel battalion called Tajmmu al-Izza (Pride Gathering), aligned to the Free Syrian Army and operative in rural parts of Idlib and Hama provinces, is doing the bulk of the digging.

The ensuing network of artificial caves provides a base for combatants, as well as a shelter for the dwindling numbers of civilians who have not fled the area. These caves also house a field hospital and pharmacy with 30 meter walls and continue to serve civilians and fighters alike. On the other hand, any makeshift medical centers built above ground were routinely bombed by Assad forces, according to an interviewed rebel spokesman.

This video shows detailed scenes of workers digging one of these makeshift caves with only simple tools, a task that usually takes about 12-15 days to be completed. Footage also includes interviews with the spokesman and the head of Tajmmu al-Izza.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Wide of rebel vehicles outside cave
Wide of entry point to caves guarded by rebels

Wide of workers digging
Wide of worker taking debris out using wheel barrow
Various of workers drilling rocks
Various of workers taking debris out using wheel barrow
Various of workers building protection wall to shield cave entrance from bomb shrapnel

Wide of makeshift pharmacy
Wide of nurse working in pharmacy
Wide of entrance and emergency room in makeshift medical center
Various of nurse handling medication
Various of medical workers setting up operation room
Close-up of nurse preparing injection

Various of medical worker setting up operation room
Interview with Ubada al-Hamwi, rebel spokesperson
Various/ cutaways of Ubada al-Hamwi
Various of makeshift medical center and other caves
Various of rebel fighters inside caves

Medium of batteries used to provide lighting
Various of rebels in an office inside a cave Various/ Cutaways of Major Jamil al-Saleh, head of Tajmmu al-Izza Rebel Group
Interview with Major Jamil al-Saleh, head of Tajmmu al-Izza Rebel Group
Various/ Cutaways of Major Jamil al-Saleh, head of Tajmmu al-Izza Rebel Group

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Ubada al-Hamwi, rebel spokesperson
05:26 – 07:22

“The hospital was built underground in a rocky cliff. The rocks above it are about 30 meters high. This was done because of the bombing carried out by the regime, using explosive barrels and rockets. There was a need for an underground hospital to be built in order to protect medical staff, as well civilians and [fighters] who are being treated from injuries. The hospital has been established about 11 months ago. Most of the cases involve civilians injured in bombings. They could be injured by bomb shrapnel or suffer amputation. [The hospital provides] first aid to civilians. Fighters are usually treated from gunshots; undergo chest catheterization; and have shrapnel removed from their bodies as a result of mortar bombing. They also undergo surgery, which includes cutting the abdomen.
We needed a building that could protect doctors and medical workers, as well as the injured receiving treatment. An injured person feels more comfortable in a safe location.
Before we came up with this idea, we had an ordinary building that was repeatedly hit. We came up with this idea to provide the injured with safe and healthy conditions.
Digging was carried out using simple tools, such as drill compressors. The human effort involved was very large.”

07:02 – 07:22
“I am 23 years old. I studied Physics – I was in my second year at Tishreen University in Lattakia. I left university and joined the revolution since the outbreak of the early demonstrations.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Major Jamil al-Saleh, head of Tajmmu al-Izza Rebel Group

08:58 - 13:01
"We resorted to building underground shelters and caves to protect ourselves from the barbaric air and artillery bombing carried out by the regime. We went to the mountains because the altitudes above the caves are quite high. Caves have at least 20 or 30 meters of altitude above them. This provides more protection for our men and equipment. Hence, we have become able to last longer under air and artillery bombing carried out by the regime, thanks be to God. This gives us more strength, thanks to the thickness of the walls, which we can achieve by digging into hills.
The digging process… we are able to provide health services as well as electricity and water, but we face difficulty in providing these services. The means that we, rebels, have are limited. We do not have digging machinery. We are using simple tools. We do not have good means to provide fortification. We rely on manual labor. Our men are making a big effort.
We are accelerating our work, theerfore it takes about 12-15 days to finish a cave. By the end of this time caves would be ready for our men to use them. About 12-15 days, depending on the area of the cave.
Aircraft bomb field hospitals the moment they are discovered, whether these hospitals are used by fighters or locals civilians. This is done to exert pressure on the rebels' popular support base. We had to build hospitals in protected areas the same way we built headquarters.

"Thanks be to God, medical staff are able to carry out their work under bombing because of these hospitals. They serve the civilians – this is something that we care much about. We are also protecting medical staff because we need them in the current war circumstances.
The number of caves is very large. Civilians as well as rebels have resorted to caves. Caves are everywhere because they protect us. It is difficult to remain in the northern part of Hama province without these caves.
We, as fighters, are able to follow up on our work thanks to God and these caves.
Civilians have to stay inside these caves to be able to live. They are not happy with this, but many people have no other alternative. They cannot leave the area. You saw the weather conditions that we experienced this year. There was a lot of rainfall and it was very cold. People suffered a lot.

Power is provided by generators and water is extracted from wells. The regime has stopped providing services, such as diesel and electricity. It is not only rebels; civilians suffer from this as well. There is no flour or bread. All of this is provided by aid organizations from Turkey because the regime has stopped offering these services two years ago.”

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Mohammad, a Syrian Teenager Who "Chos...
Morek, Hama
By TTM Contributor 9
30 Jan 2015

Morek, Hama, Syria

January 30, 2015

Fourteen-year-old Mohammad Khodr al-Hajji left school more than a year ago to fight against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. Mohammad joined the opposition battalion formed by his father. He receives regular military training and has been positioned on the frontline outside the town of Morek near Hama, in an area called al-Sayyad. Opposition fighters took this area from the Syrian government’s forces fourth months ago. In a year or two, Mohammad hopes to actively engage in battles.

Mohammad’s case is not unique. Many children have been drawn into the Syrian conflict as it nears its fourth year. According to a Human Rights Watch report, non-state militias of different affiliations have recruited dozens of teenagers and given them perilous military tasks.

Khodr, Mohammad's father, says that even though his son is young, he might not be safer at home because he could die in an airstrike.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Various of fighters resting inside a cave
Close-up of Mohammad al-Hajji’s face
Close-up of Mohammad al-Hajji’s hand and Kalashnikov rifle
Wide of Mohammad al-Hajji walking ,carrying a Kalashnikov rifle

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Boy) Mohammad Khodr al-Hajji, Syrian Child Fighter
00:11 – 00:24

“I am Mohammad, the son of Khodr. I was at school and I was watching TV. I saw destruction and children. I went for the quest of freedom, against Assad’s infidel regime.” Wide of Mohammad walking with other fighters.
Wide of Mohammad with other fighters in a trench shooting.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Boy) Mohammad Khodr al-Hajji, Syrian Child Fighter

00:33 – 00:48
“I have been here for a short while, but my father taught me how to use weapons and to shoot, thanks be to God. I was with my friends and I saw that they all participated in Jihad, and I wanted to be like them.
I have not been in school for many years. I was in the eighth grade. I stopped going to school.
There was an air raid. A warplane hit the school and we stopped going there.
When I first grabbed the rifle I felt something very great.
There is no work. People have stopped working. We want to work but there is nothing to do.
I kept participating in the revolution. I will keep resisting until I die.
I am still young and I am learning. In a year or two, I will start participating in battles, God willing.”

Close-up of Mohammad cleaning rifle.
Wide of Mohammad in trench with other fighters.
Various of Khodr al-Hajji, Mohammad’s father , talking on walkie-talkie Medium of Khodr al-Hajji inside cave with other fighters

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Khodr al-Hajji, Mohammad’s Father, Head of opposition armed group

01:33 – 01:59
"He [Mohammad] saw that his brother and I were involved [in the revolution]. He began to insist to accompany me, so I took him with me. His brother and I trained him to use a rifle. I showed him how to disassemble and reassemble the rifle. Then he wanted to shoot, so I showed how.
We shall carry on, God willing. Someone younger might also participate [in the fighting]. If this continues for longer, God willing, the younger people will participate.”

Wide of Mohammad opening a box of dates with a knife

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Khodr al-Hajji, Mohammad’s Father, Head of opposition armed group

02:08 – 02:28
“I do not care about education because we are losing so much blood. If he is martyred, it will be for God’s sake. He would be lucky. God giveth, God taketh. My son Mohammad or his brothers might be at home and suffer a strike by warplanes, which are dropping explosive barrels. If his days are over, he will die at home.”

Various of Mohammad and other fighters praying behind Khodr al-Hajji.
Various of Mohammad and other fighters walking

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The Syrian Teenager Who "Chose" War O...
Morek, Hama
By TTM Contributor 9
30 Jan 2015

Morek, Hama, Syria

January 30, 2015

Fourteen-year-old Mohammad Khodr al-Hajji left school more than a year ago to fight against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. Mohammad joined the opposition battalion formed by his father. He receives regular military training and has been positioned on the frontline outside the town of Morek near Hama, in an area called al-Sayyad. Opposition fighters took this area from the Syrian government’s forces fourth months ago. In a year or two, Mohammad hopes to actively engage in battles.

Mohammad’s case is not unique. Many children have been drawn into the Syrian conflict as it nears its fourth year. According to a Human Rights Watch report, non-state militias of different affiliations have recruited dozens of teenagers and given them perilous military tasks.

Khodr, Mohammad's father, says that even though his son is young, he might not be safer at home because he could die in an airstrike.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Various of Mohammad and other fighters resting in a cave

Close-up of Mohammad’s face
Close-ups of Mohammad’s hand

Various of Mohammad and other fighters inside a cave watching battle videos
Various of Mohammad lying down on a mattress inside a cave Wide of Mohammad helping his father wear military vest
Various of Mohammad and other fighters waling in a field
Medium of Mohammad loading his rifle
Various of Mohammad and other fighters inspecting anti-aircraft machinegun
Various of Mohammad and other fighters inspecting military positions
Various of Mohammad walking
Various of Mohammad loading his weapon
Wide of Mohammad holding his rifle inside a trench
Various of Mohammad with other fighters practice shooting SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Boy) Mohammad al-Hajji
07:39- 11:31
“I am Mohammad, the son of Khodr al-Hajji. We are positioned on al-Sayyad frontline in Morek. God willing, we shall stay steadfast. We have gone to war for the sake of God. God willing, we shall remain steadfast. I was at school and I was watching TV. I saw destruction and children. I went for the quest of freedom, against Assad’s infidel regime.
I saw my father and brothers fighting against the Assad regime. I decided to practice jihad with them. I have been here for a short while, but my father taught me how to use weapons – how to disassemble and reassemble a rifle and shoot, thanks be to God.
I saw people going out in demonstrations for the sake of God. I saw my father and brothers participating in battles. I said to my father that I wanted to learn how to use weapons. He said: “Do not learn this. You should stay away from this business.” I said: “Let me learn.”
Later on, he taught me how to use rifles. He first taught me to dissemble and reassemble the rifle and he then he let me shoot. I started to go with him to battles.
I was with my friends and I saw that they all participated in jihad, and I wanted to be like them.
At first, I used to like this but I do like anything after the trouble.
Interviewer: Why?
Because of these circumstances. We are scared of warplanes because they bomb schools. We stopped going to school. I stopped going to school a year ago. I am in the eighth grade. Warplanes bombed the school and we stopped going there.
Interviewer: When was that?
About a year or more. Only a child was injured. He was injured at school.
I am positioned on al-Sayyad hill, the Morek frontline. I am learning how to shoot if the enemy comes.
In the village, we saw the bodies of people killed by the army at a checkpoint. Good God, they were all disfigured. I was very scared, but after I saw this I stopped caring about anything.
When I first grabbed the rifle I felt something very great. It was something very great. We have taken arms for the sake of freedom and God almighty.
There is no work. People have stopped working. We want to work but there is nothing to do. I kept participating in the revolution.
Why is he [Bashar al-Assad] fighting against us? Why? It is his fault.

Interview: Why?
He is fighting against us. They know that we are Muslims and they can see what is happening to the people, yet he is fighting against us. This is his fault. He is a Muslim and so are we, yet he is fighting against us. We consider him a disbeliever. He is killing Muslims. He is killing people and destroying homes.”

Various/ Medium of Mohammad. NAT Sound: (Arabic) Mohammad and another fighter argue with a local man about the need not to light a fire in order to keep the area safe from airstrikes.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Boy) Mohammad al-Hajji, Child Fighter
12:30 – 14:15
The trigger. Shooting. This is something great. Shooting at the enemy is quite something. I stay on guard. If the army advances, we fight against it.
Both; I listen to my father and I go to battles. I am still young and I am learning. In a year or two, I will start participating in battles, God willing.
Interviewer: Suppose that you were injured in a battle. What would you do? Suppose you were shot in the leg, God forbid. What would you do? Your father is far from you.
What would I do? I would keep resisting until I die.
Interviewer: If you were hit in the leg, you have this walkie-talkie in your pocket and this rifle, and you are lying down on the ground and cannot walk. What would you do?
I would call my father on the walkie-talkie in order to cover me and move me out. If I was hit in a battle, I would call my father on the walkie-talkie. The men will cover me and they will move me out.
If my injury was lethal I would be scared, but what could I do? My father would take me to hospital and the doctor would treat me. God willing, I will remain steadfast.”
Various of Mohammad inside a trench
Various of Mohammad assembling and loading his weapon Various of Mohammad aiming his weapon
Close-ups of Mohammad’s hands holding a rifle
Various of Khodr al-Hajji, Mohammad’s father, outdoor
Close-ups of Khodr al-Hajji’s hands and face
Medium of Khodr al-Hajji talking to fighters of his group inside a cave
NAT Sound (Arabic) (15:29) Over the walkie-Talkie: Mohammad Abu al-Lays, look at the fields, look at the vehicles. Where are you? Mohammad Abu al-Lays do you hear me? Where are you? (16:24) Tell us more, how long have you been here? What are your plans for the future? (16:33) (16:34) Day 57. Everybody is firing at us. We were staying at a house… (16:44) Mohammad was with you? - No, Mohammad was not with us yet, but the older one Ahmad was. He was 17 - 18 years old. He was born in 1996 (16:58). (16:59) How many children do you have? - I have 10, five girls and five boys. The boys are Mohammad, Ahmad, Bachir, Nazeer (17:05)

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Khodr al-Hajji, Mohammad’s Father, Head of opposition armed group
(17:43)

Khodr Ahmad al-Hajji from Morek, from Idlib province, the village of Maarat Dibsah. When we first started engaged in the revolution, it was peaceful. The regime started to use violence against us and fire at us while we were demonstrating. You would be marching in a demonstration clapping your hands when suddenly the regime’s men start to fire at you, and people start to fall around you. Things took a new turn. We lost many martyrs.
It was then that people realized that we needed to carry arms to protect ourselves from these tyrants. The regime used to give orders to open fire on those people, and many of them became martyrs.
Whoever did not have money borrowed money… we are poor people. We had to borrow money to buy a rifle and bullets. This is how it started.
Every now and then we used to see an army vehicle. At first, we used to have pity on the Syrian army, saying that they were our children and we did not fire at them.
But at a certain point, the Syrian army itself helped Bashar al-Assad remain in his post. This was four years ago.

Till now, some members are defecting from the army but in small numbers.
If entire divisions and brigades defected, we would not have reached this point.
The members that did not defect from the army allowed Bashar al-Assad to remain in power until today. He also received foreign support from Satan’s party [Hezbollah] of Lebanon, from Iran, all the countries are supporting him. This really affected people, but we remained in our revolution. We started firing at the army and take its positions. We shall continue until the last moment (20:00)
(20:03) My son Ahmad, God bless you and your children, has been fighting with me for almost for two years, two-and-a-half years. I gave him guns and he started to fight with me. My younger son Mohammad kept saying, “Father I want to go with you; Father I want to go with you.” I brought him along, too. It was not a very long time ago. I taught him at first how to dissemble and reassemble a rifle, and then I taught him how to shoot. After that, he started to come with me to the front positions. This is as far as Mohammad is concerned. All is done for God’s sake. If God wills, we will stay on this path until the last drop of blood. We will not go back, for the sake martyrs we lost. We will continue if God wills, and the younger might join, too. If [the war] is going to last longer, the younger people will join.
My brothers, my cousins and I are continuing with this, God willing. I do not care anymore about education because we are losing so much important as loosing blood. Education is nothing when compared to blood. Education is necessary and we should learn and teach our children but we got to a point where the regime destroyed schools with explosive barrels. You will find only one safe school in the entire village; the other ones are completely destroyed (21:50)

(21:51) Mohammad is brave, with the will of God. I want him to continue in this revolution given our circumstances, God willing. (21:59) (22:00) For me, if Mohammad wanted to study, he would not have chosen to carry weapons and fight. I do not have any problem if he wished to remain in school. But, when he saw me fighting along with his brother, he insisted on joining me, so I brought him along. I hope I did not choose a wrong path for him. If he becomes a martyr, it would be for God’s sake, he would be lucky; God giveth, God taketh. I am convinced with what I am saying, this is not a compliment (22:35) (22:36) I am proud of him. He behaves like a man. Despite his young age, he acts like a man, thanks be to God. Some people told me that he is too young to join the war, but they were few. Others told me it is good that he started training at a young age, since the war might last for many years; the whole world is against Syria, especially against the Muslim, Sunni Syrian people. The whole world is against us. All nations are fighting like dogs against us.” (23:20)

(23:21) As for his mother, she did not have any problem at all. When she knew this is what he desired, she did not oppose him. - How does she feel when you both leave together for war? - Her heart aches, but thanks be to God she accepts this. We are believers. We believe in God almighty and in fate. What God has written shall happen. Let us suppose Mohammad or his brothers are at home now and warplanes bomb the house with barrels. If his days are over, he will die at home.”

Wide of fighters looking at a helicopter in the sky
Wide of fighters preparing lunch
Various of fighters eating
Medium of Mohammad opening a pack of dates
Various of fighters praying

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Exclusive Video of Aftermath of Alleg...
Kobani, Syria
By TTM Contributor 9
22 Jul 2014

Kobani, Syria

July 22, 2014

This video shows victims of an alleged chemical attack by ISIS on Kurdish fighters

near Kobani, Syria on July 18 and 19, 2014.

Transterra Media cannot confirm the use of chemical weapons.

At the time, the official spokesperson of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG)

Redur Khalil and the Health Minister of the Kobani Canton Dr. Na’ssan Ahmad said that they believed that chemical or biological agents were used.

In the video, what appear to be burns are visible on the bodies of two males wearing military fatigues at a hospital in Kobani.

Dr. Ahmad said that he and his colleagues inspected the bodies and found signs of burning but no bullet wounds or other similar war injuries.

Interviews:

Interview with the People’s Protection Units (YPG) official spokesperson Redur Khalil (Arabic)

00:56 ISIS’s use of chemical and biological weapons in the city of Kobani – in its war on the city of Kobani – is a very sensitive issue and we don’t want to anticipate events.

01:10 The indices that appeared and the traces on the bodies of martyrs and the wounded definitely show that ISIS used unconventional weapons.

01:30 There is a probability that these were chemical and biological weapons.

01:34 A committee of specialized physicians was formed in the Jazeera Canton [autonomous Kurdish district in northeast Syria] and it conducted necessary procedures and medical tests.

01:43 It was proven that ISIS has used biological weapons in its war on Kobani. However, the type of the weapons has not been determined, due to the limited means of the medical labs in the canton and the siege imposed on the city of Kobani.

02:09 There are unremitting attempts by the assigned medical committee as well as calls for [human] rights groups and aid organisations to head to Kobani to supervise this operation and analyze the substance that was used by ISIS in its war on Kobani.

02:32 The medical committee is now carrying out its duties.

02:39 The traces left by [these] weapons include burns on bodies that were not hit by bullets or bomb shrapnel. They were blue and white burns.

03:01 In some places where ISIS used these weapons, YPG members could smell a very weird odor. The smell was not that of gunpowder or explosives, which shows that the weapons used against Kobani in these locations were unconventional.

Interview with Health Minister of Kobani Canton Dr. Na’ssan Ahmad (Kurdish)

03:48 – 04:29

We have experienced war conditions for a while and we have seen a lot of injured people and martyrs, but [until now] we have not seen bodies that were burnt and not wounded.

The bodies had burns on the hands and legs [and other] exposed parts. We do not know what this substance is, because we do not have the necessary means [to analyze it].

In the future, it could be possible to conduct some tests to determine the kind of the substance that was used.

My colleagues who assisted me and I, in my capacity as a supervising physician, came to the conclusion that this substance was chemical and internationally banned.

Shot list:

00:00 – 00:39

The bodies of dead YPG fighters show skin burns but not wounds. The bodies were filmed at the Amal Hospital in Kobani.

03:29 – 03:47

Medical staff and an officer in military fatigues stand near the bodies of two dead fighters at the Amal Hospital in Kobani.

04:30 – 05:17

Close shots of a dead fighter’s body show burns on the face, arms.

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Eyes On the Ground: FSA Spotters Netw...
Idlib Province
By TTM Contributor 9
23 Sep 2014

September 18, 2014
Idlib Province, Syria

Since the start of the Syrian war, groups of civilians have quietly monitored the movements of Bashar al-Assad’s forces in order to assist the armed opposition to the Syrian government. Known as "Spotters", their ranks include children and they monitor an area stretching from Quneitra to the Syrian-Turkish border.

According to some, it all started with individual efforts until these spotters became connected to each other through support stations. The spotters monitor the movements of the Syrian regime’s forces on the ground and in the air.
The air spotters monitor the movements of Assad’s air force on hand-held devices that specifically spy on pilots and airport terminals. They then inform fighters on the ground of the plane’s direction and its target. They follow up on the aircraft’s aerial activities to monitor and often confront them.

“Front Spotters” refers to those who monitor the movement of ground forces. They work on the front lines and in battles to keep abreast of enemy movements. They spy on the enemy’s activities and the movement of vehicles and soldiers, and provide targets for mortars and cannons.

Shots List:
1- Shots of the youngest spotter in the region, Ali Badran, aged 15, who has been monitoring for almost six months. He followed in the footsteps of his father who worked as a spotter before ceding his place to his son.
2- Shots of the spotter Ali Badran with his father as he monitors on the top of Zawiya Mountain in the Idlib countryside.
3- Interview with the spotter Ahmad Badran Abu Ali during which he talks about the start of his work, his gradual advance, how his son got involved in the field and how he sees his work.
4- Close-up and medium shots of Ahmad Badran during the interview with him.
5- Shots of Ahmad Badran and his son sitting on top of Zawiya Mountain in the Idlib countryside.
6- Interview with Ali Badran, the youngest spotter who is just 15 years old, during which he talks about his work, studies, the importance of his work, and why he dropped out of school to work in monitoring.
7- Close-up and medium shots of the youngest spotter Ali Badran.
8- Shots of the spotter Abu Khaled on the roof of his house where he refused to talk to the camera.
9- Wide, medium and close-up shots of the spotters Jamal Deebo and Abu Bahr, positioned on the highest hill peak in Maarrat al-Nu’man, covering Wadi Eldaif area and the Hamadia Camp from the Maarrat al-Nu’man side.
10- Interview with the spotter Jamal Deebo during which he talks about his work, its importance, and the difficulties he encounters.
11- Interview with the spotter Abu Bahr who works on the western front of Maarrat al-Nu’man during which he talks about his work, its mechanisms and importance, and the challenges they face given the shortage of equipment and support.
12- Shots of Mutaa’ AlQassem, the commander of one of the Martyrs of Syria Brigades and a fighter on Camp Wadi Eldaif’s front in the southern Idlib Countryside.
13- Interview with Mutaa’ AlQassem, the commander of one of the Martyrs of Syria Brigades during which he talks about the spotters, their importance to the front fighters, their types and work mechanisms.
14- Shots of Mutaa’ AlQassem, the commander of one of the Martyrs of Syria Brigades and a fighter on Camp Wadi Eldaif’s front in the southern Idlib Countryside.
15- Interview with the spotter Muhammad Abu Abdullah from Maarshamsha Town in the Southern Idlib Countryside who is a military spotter on the front, during which he talks about his work, its mechanisms, how to pick up the enemy’s signals and deal with the information he gets from the hand held devices, and the difficulties he encounters.
16- Close-up and medium shots of Abu Abdullah during his interview.
17- Interview with Abu Abdullah continues as he talks about his work with the Syrian Army in monitoring.
18- Close-up and medium shots of Abu Abdullah inside his own spotter on Wadi Eldaif’s front in the southern Idlib countryside.
19- Shots of Abu Abdullah while working on the handpieces.
20- Shots of Abu Abdullah on the front line correcting to the fighters the targets of the missiles launched on Wadi Eldaif and shots of Wadi Eldaif’s where Al Assad’s forces are positioned and considered surrounded for more than two years.
21- Wide and medium shots of Omar Ibrahim AlJaban (Abu Uday) Commander of The Martyr Sheikh Abdul Waris Battalion in the Nation Brigade in Edlib Countryside that works in Wadi Eldaif and Hamadia Camp.
22- Interview with Abu Uday during which he talks about the fighting places, the spotters and their importance for the fighters on the ground, and the difficulties they encounter.
23- Close up shots of Abu Uday during the interview.
24- Close up, medium and wide shots of Abu Uday with the fighters in his battalion in their camp on the Wadi Eldaif front.

Soundbites
Starts at 00:34
Ali: How are you?
Other man: I hear you, over
Ali: Where are you? How’s the situation at your end?
Ali: Calling for Sham, Sham how is the situation?
Sham: There is only one aircraft hovering.
Ali: The war in Hama has not ended yet. The pig said it had but he’s a liar and a deceiver. Be cautious, the war has not ended yet.
Sham: I see two helicopters with barrel bombs
Ali: There are two helicopters with barrel bombs coming from Hama, brace yourselves and be cautious.
Ends at 01:22

Starts at 01:31
Man: Badran, Badran
Badran: I hear you, brother
Man: How are you Abu Ali?
Badran: May God Protect you
Badran: I go with my colleagues, and monitor the battle for a day, or two or even three, I have no problem. Now my son, Spotter Ali Badran nicknamed The Young Badran monitors the area while I work and try to make a living.
Badran: Hello
Man: Hello
Badran: When they talk about him I feel proud because he’s doing all he can to help in Jihad, this is his capacity.
Ends at 02:09

Starts at 02:22
Ali: I monitor the area and I help by sending warnings to the brothers to avoid the barrel bombs. I am 15 years old and I am in grade 9. I am in grade 9 but I will not attend my classes because of the situation and because schools will not open their doors. We have to fight in the name of God. This is what God called Jihad.
Ends at 02:55

Starts at 03:02
Ali: What do I do? For example an aircraft just left Hama, when it leaves he sends me signals and riddles, he says pines for example. Now the riddles we use have been changed and I’m trying to learn and memorize them step by step. For example when an aircraft leaves Hama I send warnings to the fronts of Northern Hama Countryside, the Southern Front, Khattab, Muri, Kifirzeity. I send warning to the liberated areas and the fronts.
Ends at 03:31

Starts at 03:35
Ali: My plans? I hope I have state-of-the-art equipments that are more developed than those the other spotters use so that my voice reaches Al Qalamoun, Aleppo, Ar-Raqqah, Latakia and all fronts.
Ends at 03:57

Starts at 04:01
Jamal Deebo: okay Abu Yasser.
Man: tell them there is a checkpoint on the road
Abu Bahr: I see soldiers moving next to the checkpoint
Ends at 04:15

Starts at 04:19
Abu Bahr: okay, God bless you
Ends at 04:22

Starts at 04:25
Abu Bahr: it’s clear, all clear
Ends at 04:27

Starts at 04:46
Abu Bahr: Abu Bahr here, I hear you, over
Man: How are you?
Abu Bahr: Great
Ends at 04:57

Starts at 05:01
Jamal Deebo: At each moment and each second you find us working to serve the fighters on the fronts and to serve the civilians in their houses and towns. As you can see, aircraft are constantly hovering and towns and villages are always showered with missiles and shells, from the far Karm Al Hawajez targeted by airports, long range cluster missiles and ground-to-ground missiles.
We are noticing that anyone with no job is becoming a spotter. Unfortunately this is a mistake we are making. It is a huge mistake we are making. We are supposed to organize the work because as you know spotters are the best weapon we have right now. Tanks and missiles would be useless without a spotter. Intruders cannot do their job without spotters who clear their way.
Ends at 06:06

Starts at 06:12
Abu Bahr: Our spotter is a part of a network that covers an area stretching from Daraa to the Syrian Turkish borders. I work here on these fronts from Hama’s airport to the area I told you about. We send warnings to the civilians and the fighters on the ground who are the rebels about the aircrafts, missiles, shells. Civilians go to the shelters while the fighters prepare themselves to the battle. This is what we do as spotters.
Ends at 06:44

Starts at 06:47
Abu Bahr: I used to serve in the army’s signal battalion. A fight is pointless without a sign, wherever it takes place. We have very simple equipment.
Ends at 06:57

Starts at 07:01
Man: During the battle I was searching with Fouad for Hammoud
Ends at 07:06

Starts at 07:15
Mutaa’ AlQassem: We have two types of spotters that serve our interests. Air spotters and Front spotters who have stations just like us. The first spotters, who are air spotters, send a warning from the moment the plane takes off by saying: aircraft take off from Hama’s airport for example. The spotter defines the location of the pilot as his work station location. This is when all the campers and all the rebels take precautions. And when a plane takes off without a notice, the spotter warns all the fronts that the aircraft took off and the pilot did not send a notice.
Ends at 08:34

Starts at 08:39
Mutaa’ AlQassem: The second spotter is the one at the front. He is a camping spotter who monitors the movements of the soldiers and their vehicles. He also has listening devices to spy on them. For example if the spotters on the eastern front see soldiers in a certain area and building, they have to deal with the situation.
Muhammad Abu Abdullah: For him and his fellow campers. I’ve been a spotter for two years
Interviewer: And what did you do for a living before that?
Muhammad: I was a concrete worker. As you can see we have hand devices that belong to the army. We saved the frequencies the army uses. After thorough research we managed to reveal these frequencies. Each time we reveal a frequency and know it is used in our area or in other areas such al Hamdiya or Jdar ElKheder we save it. We try to save them in order, the Emmay frequency has other 5 sub frequencies, so we save them together, this makes it easy for us to switch between frequencies. The army has state-of-the-art equipment. This is how we can manage to be as fast as them in switching between frequencies. We save the frequencies of one area on one device. We spy on all the talks and all the targets and warn the other guys on the front. An Air spotter is not located near the front, he is usually far from the fronts in an area he deems fit and has equipment to monitor aircrafts. He might be able to listen to the army’s frequencies; however his work is concentrated on the aircraft frequencies. He reports the movement of the aircraft, their possible targets and the airport they are heading to.
Ends at 10:48

Starts at 11:00
Man: we hear you
Muhammad Abu Abdullah: for all the brothers filling bags, the pigs can see you and are preparing an attack but I can’t know where they are. They are talking about you. Be cautious. May God protect you.
Ends at 11:20

Starts at 11:27
Muhammad: Brothers on the western front, God protect you.
Ends at 11:40

Starts at 12:10
Interviewer: How old are you?
Abu Uday: 79 years old. My brother was responsible of this area. He died in the Al Marsous battle. Thank God spotters are very beneficial. There are air spotters and ground spotters that monitor the army’s movements. Spotters have warned fighters on the ground more than a dozen times of the army’s attacks. These attacks would be lethal were it not for the spotters on the fronts who warn the fighters of the army’s movements, the fighters would have died. Spotters on the fronts have saved the fighters more than a dozen times. Air spotters also play a key role when they report an aircraft taking off from Hama’s airport, we take precautions and stand ready to fight.
Ends at 13:55

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Child Sniper
Idlib
By TTM Contributor 9
12 Sep 2014

Madian Abu Alqaqa, a thirteen year old who quit school and joined the ranks of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) after his father was killed in the battles for the southern outskirts of Idlib. Madian is now fighting with one of the battalions manning the Wadi Al Daif camp front on the Maarat al-Nuuman side.

Madian is the battalion sniper. His father trained him before we went to a sniper training camp. He also knows how to fire a mortar. Young as he is, Madian considers fighting on the fronts a duty for all Muslims to elevate Allah’s word on earth. He invites all his peers to pick up arms and fight to rid Syria of Assad and his followers.

ITV translation:
ITV Madian: I am a sniper; my father rest his soul was killed and I took lessons from him. After he was killed I joined a training camp and I was handed a sniper rifle and was sent to the front lines as a sniper.

The situation is good on this front that is the eastern front in the Maarat Al Nuuman city, the Wadi Al Daif camp.

I am stationed here as a sniper day and night. I have a day scope and a nightvision scope.

During the day I would shoot one or two soldiers and someotimes I wouldn’t shoot anyone. It could take a long time.

I don’t feel anything. It’s normal. My first kill was on this front. When I killed him I felt normal. I killed the first one and then two and three and I got used to it, to being a sniper.

I am now stationed here night and day.

We will continue our revolution until victory or martyrdom and we will stay here night and day God willing until we remove the tyrants.

I have joined the ranks of the batallion and they give me the ammunition before coming to the frontlines.

Sometimes I go home every three days and my parents are okay with me fighting on the frontlines.

We are stationed here on this front with the grace of God and we will not be swayed.

This revolution has not affected me. We are rising for Islam and to raise the “La Ilah Illa Allah” banner and that’s why we never ask why we are revolting. Grace be to God we are here to raise that banner.

If this regime is uprooted by the will of Allah we will go seek new grounds of Jihad.

I am sending out messages to my schoolmates to come and join this revolution and God willing they will join.

My former schoolmates are now in Turkey or dead. I know where some of them are. They are in Turkey and I send them a message to join this revolution because it is a revolution blessed by Allah.

Thank God that we are at ease here more than people outside.

It is better here because the Jihad is here tahnks to God and one gains merit points and I call for everyone inside Turkey and inside Syria to come here and fight for Allah.

I first joined the revolution two years ago and I first learned how to use a sniper rifle and then the mortar but I like the sniper rifle more because it allows me to be on the frontlines while the mortart is further from the frontlines and that’s why I prefer the sniper rifle.

When I first joined the revolution it was only demonstrations and then the young men armed themselves and after my father, rest his soul, joined them and I used to be with my father wherever he went. After my father died I went to the battalion where he was and joined them and then I got my sniper rifle after I went to the training camps and I now know how to use the sniper rifle and mortar but I prefer the sniper rifle.

If I ever get a hold of the soldier who shot my father I will punish him with what he did to my father.

Shot list:
1- A number of various shots of Madian in front of his battalion HQ with other battalion members.
2- Shots of Madian drinking with his Russian sniper rifle by his side.
3- Various shots of Madian walking from his battalion HQ to his sniper nest.
4- Various shots of Madian positioning himself in his sniper nest.
5- Various shots of Madian loading and readying his sniper rifle.
6- Various shots of Madian spotting and looking out for targets before firing at one.
7- Various general shots of Madian and his comrades on the Wadi Al Daif front.
8- ITV with Madian where he talks about himself and how he became a fighter and what effect this has left on him. He also calls upon his friends to join the FSA and fight the regime. He also talks about what he will do if he ever catches his father’s killer. He talks about how the world perceives him and says that there are younger child soldiers fighting in other parts of the world.
9- Medium and close shots of Madian and his sniper rifle.
10- Various shots of Madian on a balcony looking at the Maarat Al Muuman city from the balcony of a high building where he talks with his friends about nearby camps.
11- Moving shots of Madian and his friends going down the stairs of an exposed building.
12- Shots of Madian returning to his battalion HQ while passing by destroyed buildings.

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Clashes between ISIL and FSA allied w...
By TTM Contributor 9
01 Jul 2014

Clashes between the ‘Majiles Shoura’ brigade and ISIL in the city of Al-Bukamal. The Majles Shoura brigade is a collective group of fighters from eastern Syria consisting of members from Jabhat al-Nusra, the Free Syrian Army and other Islamic fronts.

The video includes two interviews with militants in Al-Bukamal who deny that ISIL has gained control over the city. The last updates from the frontline said that ISIL had requested backup from Iraq and had been provided with 15 pieces of military equipment. Majles Shoura themselves received 50 pieces of military equipment and were able to drive ISIL out of the city.
ISIL took most of the city but fighting is ongoing.

Interview 1 - Fighter of the ‘Majles Shoura’ brigade:

‘We are coming to fight ISIL. Some of the brothers in Jabhet Al Nusra pledged their allegiance to ISIL and we cannot accept this. So we told them, 'those who leave their weapons are safe, and those who stay in their homes are also safe, and those who enter the mosques are safe.' This is because they are our brothers and families, so hopefully we will not have to fight them.

Interview 2 - Fighter in the ‘Majles Shoura’ brigade

We were able to surround the headquarters of ISIL. They had their [ISIL’s] members at the entrance. When they saw us, they ran away to these farms [pointing] and then, thank God, we were able to regain control over the entrance of their headquarters. Most of the rats are now hiding in their holes

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Syrians in Opposition-Held Idlib Con...
Idlib
By TTM Contributor 9
03 Jun 2014

June 3, 2014
Rural Idlib, Syria

Residents and FSA fighters in rural, opposition-held Idlib discuss the the Syrian Presidential election and condemn it as illegitimate.

Ahmad (resident):
“Seven years ago I voted for Bashar al-Assad with my blood. We were ignorant, look, this is my home, I used to work day and night for 400 Syrian pounds [8$ at the time]. I had debts and I am very poor. After these three years my house is gone, my family’s house is destroyed. We do not know what to say to him [Bashar al Assad]. What election is he talking about after he destroyed the homes and widowed the women? And after children suffered terror from the Mig missiles? What election is he talking about?”

Abu Mohamad (FSA fighter):
“Concerning the people participating in the election, they are traitors just like Bashar. They participated in killing the Syrian people. They are the ones who sold the souls and the blood of Syrians, they sold their land to Bashar al-Assad and his people”.

Khaled (FSA fighter):
“The person who votes for Bashar is exactly similar to the soldier who is killing us and dropping bombs on us. Whoever votes for Bashar, sold his land and his blood and primarily his religion”.

Abu Youssef (FSA fighter):
“Concerning Idlib province, I have heard that they have food baskets near the polling stations. Each person who votes gets a food basket, each person who votes for this dictator who practiced all types of torture on us”.

Khalil (FSA fighter):
“The election is this weapon, how are we going to vote with the planes above us firing at us?”

Abu Uday (resident):
“This election has no base, where are the people who will vote? He is dropping barrel bombs on us everyday”.

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Syrians in Opposition-Held Area of Id...
Maarshourin
By TTM Contributor 9
02 Jun 2014

May 31, 2014
Maarshourin, Idlib, Syria

Video shows Syrians in the opposition-held area of Maarshourin, Idlib, discussing their intent to boycott the Presidential Election.

Speakers:

Interviewer:
Would you vote?

Mahmoud:
“God forbid, you think I would vote for the children’s murderer? He killed everything, humans, children, plants, everything. After all of this, it is a shame for any Syrian to vote for a person like him. Voting is a responsibility, when you vote for someone, you assign him to be responsible for you and you cannot assign a person like him, he is a murderer.”

Ahmad:
“If we exclude the Syrian population and only have Bashar’s people vote for him, he would still win 99% of the votes. But the people who are getting shot and killed are not going to vote and people in the liberated zones are not going to vote. I will not vote. How can I vote when I see him dropping bombs on us everyday? Yesterday we lost six people in a nearby village. How can I vote for him when I can see the planes dropping bombs with my own eyes?”

Khaled:
“The results are known, this is dictatorship, and these are the elections. It is very clear that he will win 99.99% of the votes.”

Interviewer:
Will you vote?

Khaled:
“I don’t think there is one Syrian citizen with a shred of dignity and honor who will vote for Bashar or any person like him.”

Interviewer:
Will you vote?

Mustapha:
“No I won’t.”

Interviewer:
Why?

Mustapha:
“He is not qualified to lead Syria. We want an honorable president that can make us feel safe and secure in our country and the al-Assad family are not the right people to lead us into the future. They have destroyed the country.”

Abdullah:
“My name is Abdullah.”

Interviewer:
What do you think of the Syrian presidential election?

Abdullah:
“It is a game, and I will not vote. He will win no matter what. Whenever there are any elections going on, they will make him win.”

Interviewer:
What do you expect to happen during the election and afterwards?

Abdullah:
“Same as every election, he will win and keep oppressing people.”

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Syrians in Opposition-Held Idlib Spea...
Rural Idlib
By TTM Contributor 9
31 May 2014

May 31, 2014
Rural Idlib, Syria

Syrians in a rural, rebel-held area in Idlib province express their disdain at the Syrian presidential election and discuss what they expect to happen after the election.

Interviews:

“Concerning the Syrian presidential election, it is a joke. It is a disgrace to the United Nations and to every person responsible for this. Is it possible that after all the bloodshed in Syria elections are occurring? It is obvious that Bashar al-Assad is going to win because there is no competition. There are over 400,000 prisoners [in jail], their [the prisoners] votes will be stolen and it will be recorded as if they voted for him. The same thing will happen with the three million unknown deaths, their names will be registered as voters. We really cannot appreciate what the United Nations has done when they allowed the Syrian elections, it is a joke”

“Nobody likes you Bashar, no matter what you do to us, no matter how many chemical attacks or bombs, still nobody wants you. You should leave and you need to stop lying to people, enough with this joke”

Interviewer:
What do you expect after the election?

“Failed elections, what should we expect!”

“Of course the Syrian presidential elections will be running in favor of Bashar al-Assad, that is definite. That is what the United Nations want and America want, what should we expect?! We expect more killing and more bloodshed, we can’t say we are expecting a better life. Do we expect schools to reopen, and children to be happy again after most of them have become orphans? They will never be happy again unless one thing happens, happiness will only return if Bashar al-Assad gets killed.”

Interviewer:
What do you think of the Syrian presidential election that is occurring right now?

“Well I think these elections will be exactly the same as the previous one, a guaranteed victory for Bashar al-Assad.”

Interviewer:
What do you expect to happen after the elections?
“I expect nothing to change, he will win for sure but nothing will change, the war and destruction will stay the same.”

Interviewer:
Will you vote?

“I have never voted in my entire life, not for presidential elections and not even for the local administration committee.”

Interviewer:
Will you vote?

“I am 39 years old, I own a voting permit, but I never went to vote myself. I used to work in Lebanon and there were many times that I saw a stamp on my voting permit even though I had never used it myself. And they say we have democracy! It used to happen that a member of the family would collect all of the IDs of all of the family members and go to the voting station. At the voting station, all of the names would be registered as voters. This was done out of fear, not free will.”

Interviewer:
What do you think of the presidential elections in Syria?

“What elections, do we have elections in Syria?! Do we even have a president in Syria? What are you talking about? Isn’t it time to stop the jokes? In addition to all of this mess you want elections? Where did this election come from, the low lives of society? Or from the governments and the United Nations that talk about freedom and justice? Why would they [Syrians] vote and who are they going to vote for?”

Interviewer:
What do you expect after the election?

“We do not acknowledge the election. Therefore, we do not expect any difference from before and after the election. [We expect] the same horrible situation, the same destruction, killing and bloodshed as before. That is what we expect, with or without the elections.”

Interviewer:
Would you vote?

“Yes I would, I wouldn't mind, if only Bashar and his people had the nerve to create polling stations in the liberated areas and send committees from the United Nations to monitor them. Yes I would [vote], If only they had the nerve to come near Hama or Idlib, or to reach Aleppo, then yes we would vote. We would bring the martyrs and the injured and the prisoners and we would vote.”

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Syria: Treating Victims of the Talman...
Talmana'a
By TTM Contributor 9
22 May 2014

May 22 2014

al-Tamana'a, Syria

Victims and Doctors affected by the Tamana'a chemical attack recall the events of the day's attack. The attack is said to have resulted in as many as 25 cases of what is described as suffocation. Five people were reported to be in critical condition and were sent to hospitals in the Syria-Turkey border area. One woman, identified as Sou'ad Alousha, was reported dead.

It is reported that this is the fifth time this town has been bombarded with chlorine gas. The people injured were moved to a chemicals tent which was set up to deal with the effects of chlorine gas, but those staffing the tent are not fully trained and do not have enough resources.
The serious cases were moved to hospitals in Turkey and Idlib. One of the cases is reported to be that of a mother and her five children. The woman died while the children were moved to Turkey for treatment.

اليوم قام الطيران المروحي بالقاء برميلين يحويان غاز الكلور السام على بلدة التمانعة في ريف ادلب الجنوبي ادى لاصابة 25 شخص بحالات اختناق خمسة بحالة خطيرة تم ارسالهم الى المشافي الحدودية واستشهاد امراة اسمها / سعاد علوشة / وهي المرة الخامسة التي تقصف فيها بلدة التمانعة بغاز الكلور المصابين نقلوا إلى خيمة الكيماوي ببلدة التمانعة وهي خيمة متخصصة بعلاج حالات الاختناق بغاز الكلور، رغم النقص في المعدات الطبية وضعف امكانيات الفرق العاملة، بينما نقلت الحالات الخطيرة الى المشافي الكبيرة في ادلب أو إلى تركيا للعلاج. من بين المصابين سيدة وخمسة من أطفالها حيث نقل ناشطون ان السيدة توفيت بينما الأطفال نقلو إلى تركيا للعلاج. Interviews:

Dr Abd al-Hakim Abbas:
Dr Abd al-karim Abbas, a doctor in al-Haneen charity committee:

"Today at 10:30 we were attacked by military helicopters here in the town of al-Tamana’a, nearly 22 victims were brought in, mostly because of the cholrine gas according to the symptoms that we witnessed such as vomiting, shortness of breath, even the color of their skin was very pale. We tried to do first aid measures such as washing the body with soap and water, and we had to inject a precaution medication through the veins for most cases, in case there was any phosphor in the gas they inhaled. Five cases were severely harmed, they were transferred to Talmanes and one of them died on the way, the severe cases were a 35 year old woman, a 20 year old girl, a 4 year old child, a 10 year old child, and a 30 year old man. I think it was chlorine, it had the chlorine smell and all the clothes and bodies were white."

Doctor in the field hospital in al-Tamana:

"Today early morning, around 10am on 22/05/2014, helicopter planes have dropped two barrel bombs of chlorine gas that were more concentrated that the previous barrel bombs, it was spread in a diameter of one kilometer in the area, we had injuries from a distance of 400-500 meters. We took in around 22 cases, 5 were very dangerous, they were two children, a young girl, a 20 year old woman and a 35 year old woman who died on the way, the two children are in a very difficult situation and were transferred to Turkey. Until this moment, 4 hours after the drop, we are still receiving cases of shortness of breath, and allergies. Tamana’s witnessed 5 hits before, and they were recorded as the following: In 12/04 there was a hit and we had 30-35 victims In 14/04 we had another hit, and then in 18/04 and also in 30/04, there was also a hit three kilometers in the south of al-Tamana’a in 01/05, and the hit of today in 22/05. So the cases that we received combined and the one that were documented are 135 cases, of course many weren’t received here at Haneen committee due to the pressure we had. Our team doesn’t own any equipment, we are using basic tools, we tried to get equipment from many people, and we stated that we need suits specially made for dealing with chemicals and that we need masks, till now we are using paper masks, there was no response. Al-Tamana’s is the town that was exposed the most to chlorine in the time bracket of a month, we don’t want financial support, we only want medications and oxygen tanks."

Gas Attack Victim:
Interviewer: Tell me what is your name and what happened.

"My name is Ahmed al-Bassel, I was at the barbershop, I work in the medical committee in Haneen, when the helicopter came I went down to the shelter, the barrel bomb dropped 50 meters away from me, we went outside they said it was dropped nearby and a guy was screaming that his children were trapped inside, so I ran to that area without a mask, I found a woman and two children three meters away from the barrel bomb, I had to go outside because of the smell, I had a jacket, I put it on my face and went back in, I grabbed the child and took him out then the girl and by the time I wanted to carry the woman out I couldn’t, my eyes were hurting badly and I couldn’t breath any longer, I got dizzy, by the time we got here I wasn’t able to breath and my situation was bad. I had severe shortness of breath and till now im unable to breath normally, three hours after the attack."

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Syria: Chaos in Hospital after Chlori...
al-Tamana'a, Syria
By TTM Contributor 9
21 May 2014

May 22, 2014

al-Tamana'a, Syria

Victims of a chlorine gas attack in the town of al Taman'a, in the southern suburbs of Idlib, scramble to find medical attention immediately after the attack. The attack is said to have resulted in as many as 25 cases of what is described as suffocation. Five people were reported to be in critical condition and were sent to hospitals in the Syria-Turkey border area. One woman, identified as Sou'ad Alousha, was reported dead.  

It is reported that this is the fifth time this town has been bombarded with chlorine gas. The people injured were moved to a chemicals tent which was set up to deal with the effects of chlorine gas, but those staffing the tent are not fully trained and do not have enough resources.
The serious cases were moved to hospitals in Turkey and Idlib. One of the cases is reported to be that of a mother and her five children. The woman died while the children were moved to Turkey for treatment.

اليوم قام الطيران المروحي بالقاء برميلين يحويان غاز الكلور السام على بلدة التمانعة في ريف ادلب الجنوبي ادى لاصابة 25 شخص بحالات اختناق خمسة بحالة خطيرة تم ارسالهم الى المشافي الحدودية واستشهاد امراة اسمها / سعاد علوشة / وهي المرة الخامسة التي تقصف فيها بلدة التمانعة بغاز الكلور المصابين نقلوا إلى خيمة الكيماوي ببلدة التمانعة وهي خيمة متخصصة بعلاج حالات الاختناق بغاز الكلور، رغم النقص في المعدات الطبية وضعف امكانيات الفرق العاملة، بينما نقلت الحالات الخطيرة الى المشافي الكبيرة في ادلب أو إلى تركيا للعلاج. من بين المصابين سيدة وخمسة من أطفالها حيث نقل ناشطون ان السيدة توفيت بينما الأطفال نقلو إلى تركيا للعلاج.

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Huge Explosion at The Government Mili...
Wadi al-Deif, Syria
By TTM Contributor 9
14 May 2014

Shot on May 14, 2014, in Idleb, Syria

Video shows a huge explosion at a major government military base in Wadi al-Deif, rural Idleb. The explosives were planted underneath the base from a tunnel dug by rebels.

Throughout 7 months, al-Furqan Brigade with the cooperation of Fajr al-Islam Brigade, dug a 750 meter long tunnel, with a height of two meters and the width of one and a quarter meter.
The tunnel was packed with over 56 tons of explosives.

The video contains an interview with Hassan Nasser, the leader of al-Furqan Brigade, shot on the night of May 14. Nasser was one of the major coordinators of the attack. In the interview he explains in detail how the tunnel was dug and how the attack was coordinated.

"Half an hour ago, we were able to finish an operation that we started working on about eight months ago, we were intending to blow up the command center in “Wadi al-Deif” in addition to the biggest gathering point witch is known as “Tallat al-Sawadi”. The significance of this location is the command center of course and the fact that “Tallat Al Sawadi” is a ruling area, and it’s causing harm to the civilians and the rebels, it also has artillery and tanks.
The work began seven and a half months ago, we were sitting and after considering the multiple failed attempts to break into the camp, we decided this to be the ultimate solution.
The work was fully manual; we faced many difficulties, moving the remaining of the digging, and the Syrian army had discovered the location of the tunnel twice, the first time we were obliged to change the path and the second time, the Syrian army planted mines that we disabled and abducted, we also had to change the path one more time.
The planning of the tunnel was for it to branch from under Tal al-Sawadi and reach the barrier of al-Samad and the barrier of al-Zaalani.
The last blow up done by our brothers in al-Sahaba barrier faced some strange movements which eventually ended up to be in our favor; as the regime sent more back up to the area, which helped us to destroy more of their artillery, other thank the shilka tank that was already there.
The material that we used is mostly local, manure, TNT, barrel bombs were dropped by the regime before we took them apart and reused them, non-explosive bombs.
The accurate measurements of the tunnel are 750 meters long; the branches can reach to 150 meters long, the time of work in seven months and twenty days to be exact. The width of the tunnel is 120-130 cm and the height varies from 2-2.20 meters, it was very hard to dig because we faced a rocky ground especially towards the end.
The amount of the explosives among manure, TNT, mortars, and the non-explosive bombs weighed about 55-60 tons.
Throughout the work, two men died with a mortar that was aimed towards the location of the construction, many were injured and many got sick because of the humidity in the tunnel.
This operation, as al-furqan Brigade, with the cooperation of Fajr al-Islam brigade and Suqor al-Sham, we dedicate this victory to our brothers who have been let down by many, our brothers in Homs, we are trying to help them in everyway possible and we promise them that victory is near"

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A Caricaturist Uses His Talents for P...
Kafranbel
By TTM Contributor 9
27 Mar 2014

Video shot on March 27, 2014 in Kafranbel, Idleb, Syria.
Ahmad Jalal is a graduate of the Dental Prosthetic Institution at the University of Aleppo. He was one of the first activists that organized protests against the regime of the Syrian president Bashar al Assad, when the Syrian revolution erupted in mid-March, 2011.
As one of the key organizers, Ahmad tells his experience during the first days that preceded the protests and how he started using his artistic skills to create slogans, signs and graffiti that expressed anti-regime opinion.
The city of Kafranbel is well-known for its display of slogans, signs, drawings and wall spray, that reflect the involvement in the revolution and public opinion against the ruling regime of president Bashar al Assad.

Transcription:

(09:20)

My name is Ahmed Khalil Al jalal and my known name is Ahmed jalal, born in Kafranbel on 1982, A dental lab specialist, a graduate of the Dental Prosthetic institution in the university of Aleppo. I served in what we used to call it the Syrian army in the fourth military band and was released in the beginning of 2009. About my contribution in the revolution, I had just opened my own private dental lab while the events in Daraa started. Protests were happening in Al Hamedeya when we lost our first martyrs. At that time, each Syrian had the feeling something was about to happen. Especially after the revolutions is Egypt and Tunisia. We knew something was going to happen and that nothing was impossible. After many things were forbidden to even consider, people now wanted change.

Before the protests in Kafranbel and Deraa, at the end of February to be precise, two of friends and I started painting on the walls with phrases against the regime such as “people want to take down the regime” and “ we want Al Assad to leave”, we sprayed painted these phrases on the walls of schools. The police came to Kafranbel and started to investigate. They took every shop owner who sold spray painting cans. Back then, we were buying the spray paint from outside of Kafranbel because we knew this might happen. We started painting again after ten days, because the police started a rumor that they had caught the person who had done the graffitis. But it was a lie, the myth that police and security members know everything. But it’s not true, it’s just to terrorize people. So we did it again, on the top of the big mosque. If I remember correctly the second time was on march 10 or 12. We wrote the same phrases. At that time people were starting to get convinced that something should change. We started planning a protest in Kafranbel. The first plan was to protest on the 23rd or 24th of march, but it didn’t work out. We were a small group without any coordination. Each group had 2-3 men who thought they were the only ones going to protest. It was hard to coordinate among all of these groups because talking about this used to be considered as a crime.

Thank God many groups wanted to protest and when it happened, all of them appeared.

The first protest in Kafranbel was on the 1st of April 2011. We didn’t have any signs because our biggest mission was to get the protest out of the mosque and into the streets. We were lucky enough to go out of the mosque and we roamed around the streets of Kafranbel. Step by step we started doing signs, just as everybody else. We started writing the slogans that we used to chant in the protests on signs and carrying them. Of course with the absence of independent media outlets it is very hard to be heard. When people protest it means they have a specific request. We tried to state this request through signs. Slowly those signs became messages directed at the international community, Arabs, the regime and even to the opposition. At the beginning there was no media bureau. Anyone who witnessed a protest could write about it. But when the regime took over Kafranbel on 04/07/2011, hundreds of us have to flee to other villages because we were wanted.

The fact that we were gathered together led us to divide tasks among us, and then the media bureau was finally established and my friend Raed Al Fares was the headed of the office and I was one of the members along side of lots of men who still work in the media bureau. At that time we were organizing protests, date, time, and location, in addition to the signs. In the beginning I used to write small sarcastic signs while Raed Al Fares used to write the big fabric signs in Arabic and English.

There were no drawings at first; I did my first drawing by chance, originally I’m a dental lab specialist, and drawing was never a thing of mine, however, it’s a talent that runs in the family, my cousins and my relatives all paint. One time I saw a comic drawing of Bashar on a phone and I wanted to imitate the drawing, it was my first drawing, as I remember it was in September, Ramadan I think.

Back then I drew a picture of Bashar with a very long neck and his feet penetrating the ground, and next to it I wrote a well knows verse from the Quran, it is a verse in the Sura of Luqman when he is advising his son not to be arrogant and the verse says: “ you will never penetrate the ground and you will never be as tall as the mountains”. People liked it very much and kept it in the public square in Kafranbel to tease the Syrian army. Ever since then, I tried to employ this talent in this filed, in addition to the sign comes the drawing that can be very supportive of the point, sometimes the drawing is more expressive than the writing, and visuals are more effective, can be understood by anybody because there’s no language in it and easily spread and remembered, and that is all intended to help us deliver our message and our demands.

We didn’t stop since then, all around Syria there were lots of protests and lots of events. Later on the pace slowed down and the firing and bombing increased, people were suffering more, especially after liberating Kafranbel, helicopter firing increased dramatically, many people had to flee out to other villages or to Turkey, it stopped being so intense after a while so we cut it down to the Friday protest unless something happens and it requires a protest, the bottom line is we never stopped the protests, some of the protests had over 5000 people which are approximately all the male inhabitants of Kafranbel, with time it became less and less till it reached a couple of hundreds and now we don’t exceed 50 people, no matter what we have to set a protest from Kafranbel with the signs.

(19:27)

(19:37)

At the beginning of the work we were a lot more relaxed, if we get an idea we draw and if we don’t then it wasn’t an issue, we didn’t put a lot of care into it but after the signs got lots of attention we felt more responsibility towards the matter. When you feel that there are people who listen to u, observe what you are doing and pay attention to it that alone encourages you to continue.

(20:08)

(20:20)

We work as a team, and we get group ideas due to the fact that we fled together and we were always together, that led us to have similar ideas, so whenever something happens, while we’re together, a joke from someone and a comment from another gather an idea for a drawing. Till now we as a group discuss everything and think of the ideas together and I consult many people from the media bureau, and not only the media bureau, we also have the financial office and the office of statistics, we have here a union of offices which recently turned into an organization, due to the contact with all of these offices, so many people, news and the internet we gather ideas and then I discuss them with the head of the media bureau Raed and we eventually agree or a specific drawing to work on just as he does with the fabric signs while Raed eventually phrases what we agreed on, and hopefully come up with an acceptable idea, not all the ideas are amazing, some of them are good and some are average, because it’s been three years and nothing new is happening, it is still the same old thing, global silence, people dying and fighting , so a lot of repetition occurs not only with us, but also with all the comic artists now, because the situation is imposing this on us, however, we still get some good ideas.

A while back we were very optimistic about the regime breaking down but no we are not that optimistic anymore, some people are being negative, and our sarcasm and comic drawings don’t only criticize the regime and the global society, sometimes it is about the opposition, armed or not armed, so even if the revolution wins, or to be more accurate, if the regime breaks down, the criticism is not going to stop, It doesn’t end there we will continue with our work as long as we are living.

(23:50)

(24:02)

Fear is a normal feeling and is necessary, since the moment we started I have been wanted by the regime and then wanted by ISIL also, they called me to a Sharia court, of course I did not attend, my reply was that: “I don not acknowledge the existence of ISIL to acknowledge its Sharia court” and I had to hide, but I didn’t leave Kafranbel and during that time I was making a drawing about ISIL.

As I told you fear is a normal feeling but it was a decision, to decide to say no and demand freedom means throwing everything away, I won’t lie to you, at the beginning when we were planning our first protest, I was convinced that I will not go back home or see the light of day ever again, I thought might die or go missing, and three years later here we are, still alive even though we should have been dead ever since, we still have fear, but it doesn’t stop us from working. We made a decision and it hasn’t changed and it will not change, not because of the regime or ISIL or anything, we will continue and from the inside, from Kafranbel, we won’t go to Turkey and start working from there and posting on Facebook, we will stay and work from here.

(25:52)

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From Shot Put Champion to Pipe Bomb R...
Deir Ezzor
By TTM Contributor 9
09 Apr 2014

Description

The FSA fighter Abu Qazem went from Syrian shot put champion to commander of Om Al Qura Brigade in Deir Ezzor. He was a student at the local university when he joined the Shot Put championship that led him to compete in and win the national championship. He was working in construction before the revolution when he became the commander of Om Al Qura Brigade in Al Jabeela neighborhood that is considered one of the regional symbols in the uprising against government forces. The iron ball that made Abu Qazem a national champion has now transformed into the hand grenade that Abu Qazem is famous for throwing at enemy targets, including large distances and heavy bombs than others have a hard time getting it to their targets.

Shot List

  1. General shots of Abou Kazem as he prepares bombs to throw on AlAsad's forces on the front line in Deir Ezzour's Aljabila neighborhood.
  2. General shots of Abou Kazem with members of his fighting group as they are discussing the best places to throw the bombs.
  3. A shot of Abou Kazem orienting one of the members to throw a bomb on AlAsad's forces in AlJabila, Deir Ezzor.
  4. A set of wide shots of Abou Kazem throwing rocks on AlAsad forces, an everyday exercise of his hands that helps him throw big boms.
  5. Abou Kazem climbing the stairs of a destructed building to throw a bomb from its rooftop in Deir Ezzor.
  6. Abou Kazem spotting the areas of presence of the regime's forces on the front line opposed to him in order to throw a bomb.
  7. A shot of Abou Kazem preparing the place in order to throw the bomb.
  8. A shot of Abou Kazem as he prepares the bomb and throws it onto AlAsad's forces before hearing gunfire.
  9. A shot of Abou Kazem asking through the wireless device about the movements of the regime's forces after the bomb was thrown.
  10. Abou Kazem peeking on the sites of AlAsad's forces.
  11. A shot Abou Kazem sneaking with a fellow fighter from building rooftop to another in Deir Ezzor, East of Syria.
  12. A shot of Abou Kazem looking through an opening of a destructed house in Deir Ezzor, East of Syria.
  13. Abou Kazem sitting on a couch in the center of a front line in AlJabila neighborhood, with the shells he uses against AlAsad's forces next to him.
  14. A sequence of shots of Abou Kazem as he sits on the front line and jokes with the fighters.
  15. An interview with Abou Kazem in which he speaks about his experience and tells the story of how he was transformed from a hero of a Shut Put hero to a shell bomb thrower.
  16. An interview with Abou Kazem's companion, a fighter from a neighboring front line, in which he explains why they resorted to Abou Kazem to throw bombs.

Interviews

Abou Kazem- commander of Om Al Qura Brigade in Deir Al Zour :
"In the name of god, I am the Mojahed (fighter) Abou AlKazem, the military leader of the brigade “Om Alkora” in AlJibali neighborhood of Deir Ezzor.  We have been here for a year.  The fighting started in different ways; one of them is with the local mortars of different sizes. Before the revolution, I used to have simple jobs such as construction. I was also an athlete and won the Shot Put local competition in Deir Ezzor in the first year, as for the second year, I won the Shot Put championship of the Syrian Republic.
Then came the blessed revolution and took me, forcefully or unintentionally, from throwing iron balls to throwing bombs in my country and homeland. We ask of god to appreciate us for these deeds.
If god wishes, after this blessed revolution will triumph over the tyrant, I will go back to my original work domain of construction. And with the will of god, we will rebuild this country after Bashar and his subordinates destructed it, and we will reconstruct the infrastructure and people’s hearts, which are full of love and obedience for god. We will build it internally and externally if god wills."

No name mentioned-FSA fighter in Om Al Qura Brigade in Deir Al Zour :
"In the name of god, we assigned him to throw mortars because he has physical strength as a Shot Put athlete and can throw the mortars to a farther distance.  He is of help to us for his expertise. We thank him for this service because he is a national champion and a battle champion too."

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Syrian Children Reenact War Around Them
By TTM Contributor 9
09 Apr 2014

February 24, 2014
Location: Deir Ez Zour

Storyline: A group of children from Al Hamidiya neighborhood of Deir Ez Zour play war games in their former school, which was damaged during heavy fighting. Influenced by the fighters of the Free Syrian Army in Deir Ez Zour, the children organized themselves into make believe rebel brigades and pretend to fight each other. They use toy weapons made from wood lying around the neighborhood.

One of the children, known as 'The Genie' to the children of the neighborhood, is a 16 year old who dreams to become a doctor in order to help people who are ill or injured. His situation is similar to many of the children who are out receiving any education because of the war. After the destruction of most schools in the area and the fast escape of most teachers who chose to leave the city out of fear, there is little left for children to do with their time.

Interviewees: (Fill the name, the profession, what he says)

00:56 - We are the the Alhamidiah Martyrs Battalion in Al Hamidiah. Allah w Akbar.

Name – Profession: Mahmoud Fawaz Aloosh - Student

2:53 – 6:30 My name is Mahmoud Fawaz Alaloosh and I am 14 years old. I am in the 7th grade. I stand on the frontlines and face the dogs of Al Assad. The name of our battalion is the Alhamidiah Martyrs Battalion. They were shooting at us and sending explosions our way. We saw the other battalions and we decided to create our own. We hit the dogs of Al Assad. When the war started, we forgot our toys; but now we remember, and we resumed playing. This is my weapon. It is a piece of wood and I glued it to a metal rod. I used a bicycle tire. I put a little rock here and I shoot it. I am a fighter, and I want to fight the FSA.
All the schools have been shelled and bombed, as you can see. We are unable to study here. We study in people’s homes; they put some seats and got some books to teach us.
If I cant read arabic, I cannot read anything else.
You bring the elastic band to the back and you stick it in the small clamp. You get a rock, and you shoot it out.

Name – Profession: 'Al Genie' – Student

6:34 – 8:45 I am 'The Genie', a fighter in Alhamidiyah. I am in the 9th grade and I am 16 years old. This is our battalion here. Bashar bombs us everyday. All of this is because of Bashar, all of it. Everything shoots at us, from bombs, to missiles.. etc. We are not scared. We even endured an air strike. We came here, we wanted to fight, so we created this battalion. We are having fun, so we made these weapons and passed them along the battalion. We fight here in the neighborhood. Look what they did to the school, it is destroyed. We play in here.
I want to be a doctor when I grow up, to help out these people; the injured.

Name – Profession: Three soldiers of the battalion

11:25 – 12:30 We are part of the Alhaidiah Battalion. Bashar Al Assad and his dogs shot and bombed Alhamidiah. Just today we were hit by a bomb from the street next to us; killed two people and injured one. We want to grow up, now we are just playing.
We won’t study and we do not want an education, until the regime fails.
Name – Profession:

Shot List: (Description of various shots in the video)

• Various shots of:
• General shots of kids playing with their wooden weapons in their school yard.
• General shots of kids playing with their wooden weapons inside the school building.
• Shots of kids stepping on the photograph of president Bashar Al Assad printed on the school transcripts they used to receive while they were under the ruling of Al Assad.
• A clip shows the children in one of the class room reading out loud the statement of the formation of Alhamideya martyrs troop
• A clip of how the children are showing off their wooden guns and how they use it to shoot rocks and empty bullets
• A clip that shows the children using an old map they found in school to make the plan for their military attack.
• A clip of a child showing off his BKC look alike gun.
• A clip shows the children acting a role as if they’re attacking the soldiers of Al Assad.
• An interview with Mahmoud Fawaz Alaloosh, A 14 year old child in the seventh grade.
• An interview with 'The Genie', the ninth grade 16 year old kid who formed the troop.
• A clip shows the children training in the back yard of the destroyed school.
• Another clip of the children acting the role of fighting Al Assad soldiers.
• An interview with a few children talking about their situation and the condition of the schools in the city.
• A clip shows the children trying what is called a Smoke Bomb.

• ورقة المعلومات

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• عنوان القصة: كتيبة شهداء الحميدية للأطفال
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• التاريخ:  ٢٤ - ٢- ٢٠١٤
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• موقع التصوير:  ديرالزور
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• شرح القصة: مجموعة من أطفال حي الحميدية بديرالزور شرقي سورية جمعتهم الحرب بعد دمار مدرستهم ليشكلوا كتيبة من ابناء الحي ، حيث التأثر الكبير بمقاتلي الجيش الحر في الجزء المحرر من مدينة ديرالزور دفعهم لتصنيع اسلحتهم من الاخشاب المتواجدة في محيطهم
• (الجني) كما يحب ان يلقب يقود كتيبة شهداء الحميدية هو طفل في السادسة عشرة من عمره يحلم بأن يصبح طبيب كي يساعد الجميع وخاصة الجرحى والمصابين ، حاله حال الكثير من عناصر كتيبته الاطفال لا يتلقى التعليم في الوقت الحالي بينما الجزء القليل من الاطفال تذهب إلى مدارس بديلة اقيمت في المنازل بعد دمار معظم مدارس المدينة وتعرض الباقي منها للقصف بشكل دوري ، كما ان اغلب المدرسين هربوا من المدينة نتيجة للحملة العسكرية الكبيرة التي شهدتها المدينة.
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• المتكلمون: (ذكر الإسم، الصفة، الكلام)
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• الإسم – الصفة: محمود فواز العلوش – أحد الأطفال
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• الإسم – الصفة: ''الجني'' – أحد الأطفال
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• لائحة اللقطات: (شرح غير تفصيلي لمجموعة اللقطات بالفيديو)
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• مجموعة لقطات تظهر:

١- لقطات عامة لأطفال يلعبون باسلحتهم الخشبية داخل باحة مدرستهم ٢- لقطات عامة لأطفال يلعبون بأسلحتهم الخشبية داخل بناء المدرسة ٣- لقطات للأطفال يقومون بالدهس على الجلاء المدرسي الذي كان يوزع في عهد الرئيس الأسد حيث يوجد عليه صورة الرئيس بشار الأسد ٤- لقطة للأطفال داخل آحد الصفوف وهم يقومون بتلاوة بيان تشكيل كتيبة شهداء الحميدية ٥- لقطات للأطفال وهم يستعرضون اسلحتهم الخشبية وكيفية اطلاق الحجارة والرصاص الفارغ بواسطتها ٦- لقطة للأطفال وهم يقومون بالاستعانة بأحد الخرائط التي وجدوها داخل مدرستهم المدمرة لوضع خطط لعمليات الهجوم التي يقومون بها ٧- لقطة لطفل وهو يستعرض سلاحه الخشبي على شكل رشاش (بي كي سي)  ٨- لقطة للأطفال وهم يقومون بتمثيل اشتباك مع قوات الأسد على أحد الجبهات ٩- لقاء مع الطفل محمود فواز العلوش ١٤ عاما في الصف السابع  ١٠- لقاء مع (الجني) ١٦ عاماً في الصف التاسع حيث قام بتأسيس كتيبة شهداء الحميدية ١١- لقطات لمجموعة من الأطفال وهم يقومون بتدريبات داخل باحة مدرستهم المدمرة ١٢- لقطات لمجموعة من الأطفال تقوم بتمثيل اشتباك مع قوات الأسد داخل مدرستهم المدمرة  ١٣- لقاء مع مجموعة من الأطفال يتحدثون به عن وضعهم ووضع المدارس في المدينة  ١٤- لقطات لأطفال يقومون بتجربة ما يسمونه بالقنبلة الدخانية

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Bakery In the Opposition Controlled A...
Deir Al-Zor, Syria
By TTM Contributor 9
09 Apr 2014

The difficulty of daily life for the people in the opposition-controlled area of Deir al-Zor can be seen through the bakeries, where the prices of bread have skyrocketed, increasing to 500 Liras (before the war in Syria bread cost around 10 Liras) for a pack with only eight pieces of bread. This is due to the fact that the majority of bakeries in the city have stopped working, either due to being bombed or because of the lack of flour and fuel in the besieged city.

As a way to change this, a group of young people have invested in one of the abandoned bakeries in the city. Relying on donations from people and charity organizations, such as the Euphrates Organization affiliates to the local council one pack of bread has fallen to 25 Liras, containing 10 pieces of bread. The bakery is located in Al Jabela neighborhood, which is only meters away from the battlefront with government forces.

The people of the bakery say that there are able to feed around 500 families, both for the Al Jabela neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhoods. The first interview is with the supervisor of the bakery, Majid Al Abosh, who worked as a tailor before the revolution. The second interview is with the man in charge of working in the bakery, Mohammed Al Mohameed, a baker who had stopped working after the city was besieged, and is now back to work.

1) General Shots of the Bakery

2) Shots of children loading flour into bags

3) Shots of the workers preparing the dough

4) Shots of the dough on the rolling carpet as the workers process it

5) Shots of the pieces of dough as they roll into the oven

6) Shots of bread coming out of the oven

7) Workers grouping the bread into piles

8) Interview one :: Majid Al Abosh, Bakery Supervisor
"We produce bread daily in the liberated areas of Deir Al-Zor. We produce three days a week by collaborating with the local council and three days by collaborating with the Deir Al-Zor charity organization. We sell it at a symbolic price, just to cover the production costs. The flour we get for free from the local council, other organizations and private supporters. Ten pieces are sold for 25Liras. Friday is our day off. So families benefit from this bakery. There is an electricity problem, because of the cuts; we stopped for four days because we weren’t able to provide electricity. Finally, one of the brigades helped us provide electricity by setting diesel from the rural areas. We sell the bread for a symbolic price in order to cove the production and labor costs. The most annoying part of the job is that we can sell to one person for not more than 50 Liras, so the biggest amount of families will be able to benefit from this. There are families that bread for 50 liras is not sufficient for but there's nothing we can do. There is a project to open three more bakeries, I can't go into details but hopefully if it's god's will the project will come true and more people will benefit from this."

9) Interview two :: Mohammed Al Mohameed, Bakery Manager
"Mohammed Al Mohameed, Deir El Zor resident. We are still resilient thanks to god. I have worked as a baker before; this is my profession, to feed all the people of Deir El Zor. It is true that we are besieged and diesel and yeast are hard to get, we are suffering, not just us but the people of Deir El Zor. Electricity cuts are often but we have a generator thanks god. Even if the regime deprives us of goods and electricity we are going to feed the people of Deir El Zor and the displaced. Daily we produce a ton or two. We work in the morning and another organization covers the night shift. The Euphrates organization affiliates to the council and the organizations of the outcasts."

25/1/2014 فيديو مصور بتاريخ

يُظهر مخبز يقع في المنطقة المحررة في ديرالزور شرق سوريا حيث وصل سعر زبطة الخبز الى ٥٠٠ ليرة سورية وهو ثمن خيالي.

هذا المخبز المهجور تم استثماره من قبل مجموعة من الشباب الذين يعتمدون على تبرعات فردية والمنظمات الخيرية. وتمكن المخبز من انتاج ربطة خبز سعرها ٢٥ ليرة سورية وتحتوي 10 أرغفة وهو سعر رمزي.

يقع هذا الفرن في حي الجبيلة الذي لا يبعد سوى بضعة أمتار عن جبهة القتال الجيش السوري ويقول القائمون على الفرن ان الانتاج يكفي حاجة ما يقارب الخمسمائة عائلة من الخبز في حي الجبيلة والأحياء المجاورة وهو يعمل لستة أيام في الاسبوع .

المقابلة الأولى مع المشرف على الفرن (ماجد العبوش) كان يعمل في مجال الخياطة قبل الثورة ليتحول إلى المجال الاغاني بعد الثورة

المقابلة الثانية مع المسؤول عن تشغيل الفرن (محمد المحيميد) مسؤول تشغيل الفرن.