nataliasancha Natalia Sancha

Independent journalist and photographer in love with the Middle East. Based in Lebanon since 2008 and focusing on Syria.

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Migrants in Lesbos
Lesbos
By Natalia Sancha
18 Apr 2016

The Greek island of Lesbos witnessed an unprecedented spike in refugee arrivals in the summer of 2015 with an average of 2,000 people landing per day, overwhelming the limited infrastructure of the island. Since January of 2015, some 156,000 migrants have reached Greek’s coasts by crossing with inflatable boats from Turkey. Around 80% of the arrivals are of Afghan and Syrian nationality, and half of them are under the age of 18.

The perilous journey in such fragile boats were exposing migrants’ lives while smugglers, overwhelm by the numbers, were fitting up to 65 persons in boats with a maximum capacity of 15 persons. Smugglers charge an average of 1,000 euros for one-hour boat trip. Fleeing their war-torn countries, migrants try to reach northern Europe (mainly Germany and Sweden). Once in Athens, they will again resort to smugglers to cross by foot, train and buses the borders of Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Austria.

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Syrian Army in al-Qaryatain
Al-Qaryatain
By Natalia Sancha
04 Apr 2016

Photos show Syrian government forces and allied militias, like the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), in the recaptured town of al-Qaryatain on April 4, 2016 following clashes with Islamic State (ISIS) fighters. The town, which lies in central Syria and close to the city of Homs, was under ISIS control for eight months.

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Syrian Army in Palmyra
Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

Syrian Army soldiers recovered the ancient ruins and city of Palmyra from Islamic State (ISIS) fighters on March 27th, 2016 following three weeks of violent clashes. Government forces proceeded to fortify their presence in the city and its famous ruins after Russian sappers cleared the area with landmines planted by ISIS.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A Syrian Army officer points to the craters on the road after mines planted by ISIS in Palmyra's inhabited city were detonated by Russian sappers. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016 after three weeks of violent clashes.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A sign indicates the Temple of Bel entrance. The 2,000 year-old temple was destroyed last August by ISIS along with the Arc of Triumph as well as the Bal Shamin Temple. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

Syrian Army soldiers celebrate the recovery of Palmyra from ISIS fighters. Government troops recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A Syrian Arab Army soldier poses at Palmyra site with a Syrian flag attached to his backpack. Its castle can be seen in the background. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A Syrian Army soldier poses at Palmyra site. Its castle can be seen on the top of the hill in the background. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

Syrian Arab Army soldiers celebrate their recovery of Palmyra from ISIS fighters. They pose for photos over the Temple of Bel remains.The 2,000 year-old temple was destroyed last August by ISIS. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

Syrian Arab Army soldiers at the Temple of Bel entrance .The 2,000 year-old temple was destroyed last August by ISIS. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

Syrian Army soldier Fady Khalil, 25 years old, from Homs (first to the right), poses with his companions over the remains of the Temple of Bel. The 2,000 year-old temple was destroyed last August by ISIS. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A Syrian Arab Army soldier observes the Temple of Bel's remains. The 2,000 year-old temple was destroyed last August by ISIS. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

A Syrian Army soldier overlooks Palmyra ruins from the top of the hill where Najm Castle lies. Government troops recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

View over Palmyra's archeological site. Behind the ruins lies the inhabited city covered by smoke columns marking the places where Russian sappers detonated thousands of mines planted by ISIS fighters. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

Syrian Army's soldiers camping in the surroundings of PalmyraÕs castle and main point of entry during the offensive to recover the area. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

View over Palmira's ruins and city from Najm Castle where the Syrian Army is positioned. Government troops recovered Palmira from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

View of Palmyra's ruins from Palmyra's inhabited city. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

View over Palmyra's ruins from Palmyra's inhabited city main entrance road. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

View over Palmyra's ruins and the Castle on April 1st, 2016. The Syrian Army recovered Palmyra from ISIS on March 27th.

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Palmyra
By Natalia Sancha
01 Apr 2016

Soldiers from the Syrian Army take pictures with their mobiles inside Palmyra's ruins. Government forces recovered Palmira from ISIS on March 27th, 2016.