MahmoudAlhajiOthman Mahmoud Alhaji Othman

Freelance journalist from Syria, based in Aleppo.

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Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
04 Mar 2016

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FOR ICRC

March 4, 2016 Aleppo, Syria On the Syrian side of the Bab al-Salama border crossing to Turkey, the Turkish red crescent established a new makeshift camp to shelter refugees who escaped the airstrikes and battles in Aleppo. The Youssef family is among thousands of refugees who made it to the camp. The family has been through misery. “Some people haven't received a tent. In my case I could have been waiting for my turn till now”, says Mohamed Youssef, 46. Mohamed who arrived with his wife Khadijah 43 and his two children Mustafa 14 and Ahmed 11, is feeling lucky just to have received a tent. Both sons suffer from a neurological birth disorder and they need special care. Before the uprising against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Mohamed used to work as a delivery truck driver. Now he's jobless and has no income. The family who lived in Minaq, in northern rural Aleppo, had to relocate to central Aleppo in 2012 when fierce fighting erupted between Syrian regime forces and the Free Syrian Army for control of the nearby Minaq Military Airbase. When the FSA took over the base and neighboring towns the family went back to their home in Minaq, only to flee again in February 2016 after the Kurdish YPD militia, backed by the Syrian regime army, launched an offensive and retook control over the area. “We stay inside the tent, if we are bored we come outside for some time and then we go back inside again, we have nothing to do”. Turkish authorities are keeping the border crossing near Kilis closed. Mohamed, his family and thousands of refugees have no other place to go. They have been settling into the makeshift camp since mid February. Having not much to do, the children spend their day with neighbor friends playing marbles. This is the only amusement available to them.

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Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
26 Nov 2015

November 20, 2015 Aleppo, Syria Um Abdul Rahman al-Issa, a resident of Tariq al-Bab district of Aleppo, is desperate and worried about the condition of her family in the upcoming winter. The mother of 5 had to leave her hometown in the neighboring district of Jabal Badro following an airstrike that destroyed her house over a year ago. Her father, her husband (Ibrahim al-Issa) and her daughter died in the airstrike. Um Abdul Rahman is now taking shelter with her 5 children in a house in the Tariq al-Bab district, in the rebel controlled area of Aleppo. She depends on the very few donations she receives from her poor neighbors in order to feed her children, but she is very worried about keeping them warm as winter is coming. She said that she struggled to survive last winter and that she’d rather and her children die this year to avoid being in the same situation again. Just like other residents of the area, 10 year old Abdul Rahman, the oldest of his brothers, have to collect rubbish to burn as fuel for cooking and heating. Two of Abdul Rahman brothers are mentally unstable, and he has to support his mother to make a living.

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Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
14 Nov 2015

November 17, 2015 Aleppo, Syria These photos were shot in Jabal Badro, a rebel controlled district of Aleppo. The photos show the daily struggle of the al-Saghir family as they try to insure basic needs, food and heat, in order to survive in the upcoming winter. Winter is very cold in Jabal Badro, one of Aleppo’s poorest districts. Jannud al-Saghir, also called Abu Mohamed, is the father of 6 children and husband to Amina. Jannud and some of his children have to make a daily trip around the area searching for items that can be burned as fuel for cooking and heating. Jannud’s mother also lives with the family. With so many family members to take care of, Jannud’s wife says they barely have enough money for food and cannot afford to buy firewood or heavy winter clothing or even make prepares to their house which was damaged in the bombing of their neighborhood in Aleppo. Amina's biggest fear is the upcoming winter. She said that her family struggled to survive last winter since because much of their clothing, blankets, mattresses and other belongings were destroyed in bombing. The family fled this home a few months ago but could not find suitable shelter and had to return to the house. Jannud is unemployed and is only able to earn some money from a few short construction jobs.

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By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
23 Nov 2015

Syrian rebels in Aleppo man anti-aircraft guns to fire at attacking Russian warplanes.

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Aleppo
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
25 Nov 2016

This video was taken on August 18 2016 following the bombing of the "Al Qatrgi" neighborhood in Aleppo by the Syrian Government. The shelling killed and wounded many of the residents of the neighborhood. In the aftermath of the bombing rescue workers dug out three children from the rubble, one of which was Omran Daqneesh, dubbed the "The Boy in the Rubble" after images of him taken from this video circulated online.

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Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
30 Apr 2016

May 1st, 2016
Aleppo, Syria

Video shows aftermath of a barrel bomb attack on rebel held Hanano, an area in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria.
Volunteers from the "White Helmets" search and rescue organization responded after the bombing targeted a crowded market in central Hanano, leaving scores of dead and injured.

According to local activists in the opposition controlled part of Aleppo, Syrian regime forces have dropped numerous barrel bombs on residential areas since early April, targeting civilians and field hospitals.

On April 27, 2016 a bombing hit the "al-Quds" field hospital and killed over 50 people including Dr. Wassim Maaz, the only pediatrician remaining in rebel held Aleppo.

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High-Risk Education in Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
11 May 2016

January 10, 2016
Aleppo, Syria

Despite shelling and barrel bomb attacks, students and volunteer instructors are still showing up at al-Risala school in the rebel held Hanano area in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria.

With no or little resources, the teachers are trying to give students a basic education in the absence of a school curriculum in areas controlled by the Syrian opposition.

The school is located in a district which has been targeted in shelling and airstrikes. “The students and teachers are in danger, the building might be heavily damaged or even destroyed at any moment” says Ibrahim al-Ali, the school principal. “We have no choice but to keep operating at high risk. This is the situation in almost all schools in rebel held Aleppo”.

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04:03
Nada, Teacher:
“The number of students is good, but we are short of instructors. Teachers are not available. Q: What are your main needs other than for teachers?
A: We actually need everything.. The school building needs restoration, the students have not received backpacks, the teachers have no support.. There’s a lack of everything.”

04:59
Abu Hassan, Teacher:
“I am the science teacher, I try my best to improve the scientific skills of the students whether in math or physics or chemistry. Q: How do you describe the student comprehension abilities?
A: Starting directly with the curriculum in books is impossible because the students did not have the chance to learn the basics. It’s been like a month since we started teaching them the basics, the simple operations such as addition and subtraction. Introduction to physics and introduction to chemistry, we are only teaching them the basics that they missed for now.”

05:43
Mohamed, Student:
“We are here in al-Risala School, in Hanano area.. We have few teachers, a teacher of mathematics and a teacher of religious education.. We have no other teachers, however they are trying to teach us the basics so we can understand the actual curriculum. I hope that Syria will be a safe and secure place again especially in Aleppo because Bachar al-Assad targets us with barrel bombs and has destroyed all areas of Aleppo. Even our instructors had to flee because of the massive shelling.”
Q: Did you see any fighter jets striking?
A: We’ve seen a lot, and barrel bombs are dropped over our heads.”

06:32
Zainab, Student:
“We have no books but they told us that they would bring us some. We came here to study but we have shortage of teachers. The teacher is trying his best to teach us. When winter comes we have no heaters and the windows are all damaged and we have no means to replace them. Every time we go out for recess helicopters come so they bring us back inside out of fear.”

07:04
Ibrahim al-Ali, School Principal:
“We are educating the students despite the lack of an educational system. Almost all teachers are volunteers. Some are university graduates, others have just graduated from school. They are all doing volunteer work with nothing in return. The condition of the school is miserable. The building needs restoration, electricity and water repairs. We face a persistent cut of electricity which is affecting the lighting in class rooms. We also need water tanks to store water. We are also expecting the problems which we went through last year such as lack of heaters and the windows destroyed because of the constant shelling and barrel bombs by the regime.”

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By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
04 Mar 2016

Mohamed Youssef, his wife and two sons live in a tent as refugees in a makeshift camp on the Syria-Turkey border near Aleppo. (L to R) Ahmed 11, Mohamed 46, Mustafa 14, Khadijah 43. ÒWe have no proper bathrooms. Water is barely available. The food we receive is horribleÉÉMay God be with usÓ

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By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
04 Mar 2016

Mohamed Youssef, his wife and two sons live in a tent as refugees in a makeshift camp on the Syria-Turkey border near Aleppo. (L to R) Ahmed 11, Mohamed 46, Mustafa 14, Khadijah 43. ÒWe have no proper bathrooms. Water is barely available. The food we receive is horribleÉÉMay God be with usÓ

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By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
04 Mar 2016

Mohamed Youssef, his wife and two sons live in a tent as refugees in a makeshift camp on the Syria-Turkey border near Aleppo. (L to R) Ahmed 11, Mohamed 46, Mustafa 14, Khadijah 43. ÒWe have no proper bathrooms. Water is barely available. The food we receive is horribleÉÉMay God be with usÓ

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By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
04 Mar 2016

Mohamed Youssef, his wife and two sons live in a tent as refugees in a makeshift camp on the Syria-Turkey border near Aleppo. (L to R) Ahmed 11, Mohamed 46, Mustafa 14, Khadijah 43. ÒWe have no proper bathrooms. Water is barely available. The food we receive is horribleÉÉMay God be with usÓ

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By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
04 Mar 2016

Mohamed Youssef, his wife and two sons live in a tent as refugees in a makeshift camp on the Syria-Turkey border near Aleppo. (L to R) Ahmed 11, Mohamed 46, Mustafa 14, Khadijah 43. ÒWe have no proper bathrooms. Water is barely available. The food we receive is horribleÉÉMay God be with usÓ

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04 Mar 2016

The Youssef family had to flee their home in mid February and take refuge in a makeshift camp on the Syria-Turkey border near Aleppo. (L to R) Mohamed 46, Ahmed 11, Mustafa 14, Khadijah 43. ÒPeople have no place to go but to this camp.Ó

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By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
04 Mar 2016

The Youssef family had to flee their home in mid February and take refuge in a makeshift camp on the Syria-Turkey border near Aleppo. (L to R) Mohamed 46, Ahmed 11, Mustafa 14, Khadijah 43. ÒPeople have no place to go but to this camp.Ó

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By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
04 Mar 2016

The Youssef family had to flee their home in mid February and take refuge in a makeshift camp on the Syria-Turkey border near Aleppo. (L to R) Mohamed 46, Ahmed 11, Mustafa 14, Khadijah 43. ÒPeople have no place to go but to this camp.Ó

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By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
04 Mar 2016

The Youssef family had to flee their home in mid February and take refuge in a makeshift camp on the Syria-Turkey border near Aleppo. (L to R) Mohamed 46, Ahmed 11, Mustafa 14, Khadijah 43. ÒPeople have no place to go but to this camp.Ó

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By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
04 Mar 2016

The Youssef family had to flee their home in mid February and take refuge in a makeshift camp on the Syria-Turkey border near Aleppo. (L to R) Mohamed 46, Ahmed 11, Mustafa 14, Khadijah 43. ÒPeople have no place to go but to this camp.Ó

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By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
04 Mar 2016

The Youssef family had to flee their home in mid February and take refuge in a makeshift camp on the Syria-Turkey border near Aleppo. (L to R) Mohamed 46, Ahmed 11, Mustafa 14, Khadijah 43. ÒPeople have no place to go but to this camp.Ó

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By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
04 Mar 2016

The Youssef family had to flee their home in mid February and take refuge in a makeshift camp on the Syria-Turkey border near Aleppo. (L to R) Mohamed 46, Ahmed 11, Mustafa 14, Khadijah 43. ÒPeople have no place to go but to this camp.Ó

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04 Mar 2016

The Youssef family. (L to R) Ahmed 11, Mohamed 46, Khadijah 43, Mustafa 14
The situation is very miserable. ItÕs not only me complaining. If you ask any of the people here he will tell you about his misery. The whole word is standing against us.Ó

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04 Mar 2016

The Youssef family. (L to R) Ahmed 11, Mohamed 46, Khadijah 43, Mustafa 14
The situation is very miserable. ItÕs not only me complaining. If you ask any of the people here he will tell you about his misery. The whole word is standing against us.Ó

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04 Mar 2016

The Youssef family. (L to R) Ahmed 11, Mohamed 46, Khadijah 43, Mustafa 14
The situation is very miserable. ItÕs not only me complaining. If you ask any of the people here he will tell you about his misery. The whole word is standing against us.Ó

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04 Mar 2016

The Youssef family. (L to R) Ahmed 11, Mohamed 46, Khadijah 43, Mustafa 14
The situation is very miserable. ItÕs not only me complaining. If you ask any of the people here he will tell you about his misery. The whole word is standing against us.Ó

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By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
04 Mar 2016

The Youssef family. (L to R) Ahmed 11, Mohamed 46, Khadijah 43, Mustafa 14
The situation is very miserable. ItÕs not only me complaining. If you ask any of the people here he will tell you about his misery. The whole word is standing against us.Ó

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By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
04 Mar 2016

Mohamed Youssef in a rare happy moment . ÒOnly people who have power can survive here. The rest of us have only God to help us.Ó

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04 Mar 2016

Mohamed asks his fourteen year old son Mustafa if he is happy in the camp or would he feel better in their home village. "Our village is betterÓ

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04 Mar 2016

Fourteen year old Mustafa (L) and eleven year old Ahmed were born with neurological disorders.

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04 Mar 2016

Fourteen year old Mustafa and his younger brother were born with a neurological disorder which requires they receive special care.

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04 Mar 2016

Fourteen year old Mustafa is the eldest of MohamedÕs two sons. "Our village is betterÉÉGod willing we will be back to the village.Ó

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04 Mar 2016

Mohamed and his sons, Ahmed 11 and Mustafa 14. ÒWe stay inside the tent, if we are bored we come outside for some time and then we go back inside again. We have nothing to doÓ.

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04 Mar 2016

Mohamed and his youngest son, eleven year old Ahmed. ThereÕs corruption everywhere here in the camp, I donÕt know what to tell you, may God be with usÓ

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By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
04 Mar 2016

Eleven year old Ahmed (L) and his older brother Mustafa, 14 were born with a neurological disorder and require special care.

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MohamedÕs fourteen year old son Mustafa plays marbles with other boys in the makeshift camp. It is the only form of amusement he and his younger brother have.

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Aleppo
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
04 Mar 2016

March 4, 2016
Aleppo, Syria

On the Syrian side of the Bab al-Salama border crossing to Turkey, the Turkish red crescent established a new makeshift camp to shelter refugees who escaped the airstrikes and battles in Aleppo. The Youssef family is among thousands of refugees who made it to the camp. The family has been through misery.

“Some people haven't received a tent. In my case I could have been waiting for my turn till now”, says Mohamed Youssef, 46.

Mohamed who arrived with his wife Khadijah 43 and his two children Mustafa 14 and Ahmed 11, is feeling lucky just to have received a tent. Both sons suffer from a neurological birth disorder and they need special care.

Before the uprising against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Mohamed used to work as a delivery truck driver. Now he's jobless and has no income. The family who lived in Minaq, in northern rural Aleppo, had to relocate to central Aleppo in 2012 when fierce fighting erupted between Syrian regime forces and the Free Syrian Army for control of the nearby Minaq Military Airbase.

When the FSA took over the base and neighboring towns the family went back to their home in Minaq, only to flee again in February 2016 after the Kurdish YPD militia, backed by the Syrian regime army, launched an offensive and retook control over the area.

“We stay inside the tent, if we are bored we come outside for some time and then we go back inside again, we have nothing to do”.

Turkish authorities are keeping the border crossing near Kilis closed. Mohamed, his family and thousands of refugees have no other place to go. They have been settling into the makeshift camp since mid February. Having not much to do, the children spend their day with neighbor friends playing marbles. This is the only amusement available to them.

04:34
- Mustafa: “We were having dinner together and then the aircraft hit us.. It was scary.. Father came and took us out.. We went outside the house and we saw my uncle’s wife, she lost her arm.. My uncle’s daughter also got a shrapnel in her foot. After a while the war jet struck again.”

05:00
- Mustafa: “We came here to the camp, we tried to enter to the Turkish territory but they refused to let us in. Here they gave us a tent to shelter." Mohamed: "Are you happy here or do you feel better at our village?”
Mustafa: "Our village is better”
Mohamed: "Ask God to help us to go back home."
Mustafa and Ahmed: God willing we will be back to the village.”

09:00
Mohamed: “Ahmed.. don’t walk away my son, stay around.”

10:15
- Mohamed: “Mustafa.. you can barely carry yourself, don’t carry the baby.. Go and put more clothes on the baby before he gets cold.”

10:29
- Mohamed: “The bread is here, I am going to get some.”

11:29
- Mohamed: “Thank you!”

11:41
- Unseen refugee in the camp: “I want to talk to the camera” Mohamed: “Not now this is a report about me.. That has nothing to do with you”
Unseen refugee in the camp: “So you have power now.. did you bing down the regime” Mohamed: “Just like you did”

13:45
Mustafa: “Odd or even?”
- Unamed child in the camp: “Odd”

13:57
Mustafa: “Try to guess”
Unamed child in the camp:“I say even.. give one”

14:07
Ahmed: “What do you say?”
Unamed child in the camp: “Odd” Mustafa: “Odd or Even?” - Named child in the camp: “Wait let me see.. You added one” - Mustafa: “Odd or Even?”

14:17
Question: “Abu Ahmed please tell us about this camp what happened and why are you here?”
Mohamed: “This camp is new, it’s only 20 days old. The Russian airstrikes are killing people in northern rural Aleppo, and the ballistic rockets. The kurds from one part, the regime from another part and ISIS from a third part. The airstrikes are focused on the northern countryside. They targeted each and every area and displaced all the civilians. People have no place to go but to this camp. There’s corruption everywhere here in the camp, I don’t know what to tell you, may God be with us.. Only people who have power can survive here. The rest of us have only God to help us. Question: “What’s the situation here did everyone receive a tent?” Mohamed: “Some people haven't received a tent. In my case I could have been waiting for my turn till now, but the person in charge came and checked on my situation and gave me a tent, otherwise I could have been waiting for my turn to come. Some people are still waiting for their turn.. They are now at 2130. My neighbor here is still waiting for his turn. He is sheltering with his kids under a plastic sheet. It is miserable inside the camp, lack of water, foodstuffs.. They brought some foodstuffs and distributed some of it. The rest no one knows about it. They also distributed some mattresses and carpets and no one knows about the rest. Only who has power here can survive.

16:02 - Question: “Tell me how is the daily life of people inside this camp”

Mohamed: “We stay inside the tent, if we are bored we come outside for some time and then we go back inside again, we have nothing to do.. I used to have a business but now I’m jobless, I have no income and yet I still have expenses.. I thought that the conditions in the camp would be better than that.. I only realized how bad is the situation in camps when I came here.. If you go to the mobile clinic you may not find medications. Sometimes they tell you to come back tomorrow or the day after, or they send you to the doctor that they work with, but then he doesn't accept patients.. The situation is very miserable.. It’s not only me complaining, if you ask any of the people here he will tell you about his misery.. The whole word is standing against us..”
Question: “What do your children? where does your wife go?”
Mohamed: “As you can see, they stay here inside or outside the tent, they stay around, there’s no place to go.. We’re always worried about the kids we don't want them to go far.. My wife goes to her sister and relatives in the neighboring tents, she spends some time and comes back here. We are stuck in this tent and we have nothing to do.. I do not know what to tell you.. We have no proper bathrooms. Water is barely available. The food we receive is horrible, it smells bad, the water to drink is barely available. Yesterday I took my brother’s child to the doctor. He (the doctor) said that you should not let the children drink water from the camp, the water is polluted. That’s what the doctor says, but what can we do, the cost of a bottle of water is 100 SYP (0.5 USD).. If we have no income how can we buy it.. The money that I used to have is finished.. I came here with some money.. In 20 days I spent 60,000 SYP (318 USD) and I haven’t received any money yet.. What can I tell you.. May God be with us..”

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Aleppo Refugees in A'zaz
A'zaz, Syria
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05 Feb 2016

Aleppo residents take refuge in A'zaz on February 6, 2016.

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Aleppo Residents Flee Siege
Aleppo
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
10 Feb 2016

Footage shot on Feb 10, 2016 shows busses transferring refugees from rural areas in northern Aleppo to a safer place in "Dar Ta izzah" in the west of the city. The area has been bombed by Russian aircraft as military forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad try to encircle it. Thousands of people have fled the area and headed for the Turkish border.

The Free Syrian Army was in charge of this transfer and had to coordinate with Kurdish forces and the al-Nusra Front to ensure the safe passage of the busses through areas that they control.

(All interviews are in Arabic. Translations not available.)

See Also:
Inside Rebel-Held Aleppo: https://www.transterramedia.com/media/66652

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Defiance Inside Rebel-Held Aleppo
Aleppo
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
06 Feb 2016

Video shot on February 6, 2016 inside the besieged rebel-held area of eastern Aleppo. The area has been bombed by Russian aircraft as military forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad try to encircle it. Thousands of people have fled the area and headed for the Turkish border.
Those who choose to stay remain defiant.

Video includes interviews with a Free Syian Army commander, Aleppo residents and a civil defense worker.

09:55 Question:
“Tell us which roads are blocked and if people are able to cross?”

10:01 (Ahmed, Citizen)
“The army entered through the Maarista and blocked the road. It’s been five days that we are waiting for the road to open but with no result. the fighter jets are killing the people and we are unable to cross. We try to go out but the jets are above us striking constantly and not one or two missiles, they are firing four missiles at the same time.. We are waiting, everyday they say today and tomorrow but the situation remains the same. They said take the Afrin road but the road is also blocked and we are still waiting for any road to open, what else can we do?”

10:38 Question:
“Tell us about the role of the rebels to defend and prevent any siege that the regime army might impose on Aleppo?”

10:45 (FSA Fighter, no name given)
“God willing, our moral is high and our brothers, the Mujahidin rebels, are all prepared and God willing neither Putin (the Russian president) nor the pig Bashar can put fear in us. We only fear God and Aleppo will not be under siege, it is God’s will and the rebels intention Inshallah. We hope that the Mujahidin remain solid and morale stays high. We rely on God.”

18:36 Question:
“Tell us what happened here yesterday and how many people were killed and injured?”

18:43 (No name given, Citizen)
“Yesterday after the Friday prayer we were stepping out of the mosque when the airstrike targeted our district which damaged these closed shops over here. Some of our neighbors were killed and others were injured. There were six dead and two injured. May God heal them. There is destruction all over the district. They were targeting the mosque but by God’s will the strike hit the neighboring shops.

21:08 Question:
“Tell us about who people in Aleppo reacted when the heard the news about a potential siege?”

21:14 (Abdullah, Citizen)
“Some people reacted normally to the news and they continued their daily routine. While others saw that this is unusual and decided to flee their homes in Aleppo out of fear that the regime, after controlling the Nobol and Zahraa area, might try to impose a siege on Aleppo.”

21:48 Question:
“Tell me what would be your role, as civil defense, if the regime was imposes a siege on Aleppo?”

21:58 (Amer, Aleppo Civil Defense Worker)

“Our main role as Civil Defense workers is to alleviate the suffering of the civilians. We might be helping in evacuating citizens, or informing them about potential dangers, but we operate with little resources. We don’t have fuel and other elements to sustain us. We operate with very primitive tools and resources. We do not have any effectiveness to defend against the siege”

Question:
“Do you think that a siege will be imposed?”

22:40 “We hope not but if there’s an international decision or a political decision the siege is possible”

Question:
“How do you see the future?”

22:53 “I think that we are now living the worst time and I hope that our situation will be better in the future.”

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Inside Rebel Held Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
06 Feb 2016

Video shot on February 6, 2016 inside the besieged rebel-held area of eastern Aleppo. The area has been bombed by Russian aircraft as military forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad try to encircle it. Thousands of people have fled the area and headed for the Turkish border.

Video includes interviews with a Free Syrian Army commander, Aleppo residents and a civil defense worker.

FULL VERSION: https://www.transterramedia.com/media/66652
(Full version is 23 minutes long. All interviews are in Arabic. Translations not available.)

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Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
18 Nov 2015

Um Abdul Rahman holds her forehead as she sits on the doorstep of her home.

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Winter is looming: al-Issa Family Str...
Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
18 Nov 2015

Abdul Rahman collects rubbish to burn as fuel in the stove at the family's house.

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Winter is looming: al-Issa Family Str...
Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
18 Nov 2015

Um Abdul Rahman sits at the doorstep of her home as her son holds a peace of plastic to be burned as fuel in the stove.

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Winter is looming: al-Issa Family Str...
Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
18 Nov 2015

Abdul Rahman collects rubbish to burn as fuel in the stove at the family's house.

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Winter is looming: al-Issa Family Str...
Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
18 Nov 2015

Abdul Rahman collects rubbish to burn as fuel in the stove next to a dumpster.

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Winter is looming: al-Issa Family Str...
Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
18 Nov 2015

Abdul Rahman collects rubbish to burn as fuel in the stove next to a dumpster.