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Syrian Soldiers Surrounded by Nusra F...
Jisr al-Shughour, Syria
By TTM Contributor 6
11 May 2015

Jisr al-Shughour, Syria
May 11, 2015

More than 200 Syrian government fighters, possibly including high ranking officers, are believed to have been besieged in the government hospital complex in the town of Jisr al-Shughour for more than two weeks. This is one of the few locations where Syrian regime forces still exist in Idlib province. Syrian government forces have failed to break the siege despite several airstrikes and ground operations.

This video offers an inside look at positions held by the Nusra Front within the wrecked hospital complex, which has become a battlefield. Rebel fighters control three of the hospital's four main buildings.

Rebel military commanders speculated in interviews that high ranking Syrian, Iranian and Russian military officers, as well as the governor of Idlib might be caught in the remaining building.

SHOTLIST

Wide of building where Syrian government troops are hiding

Medium of Nusra Front fighter behind sandbags

Close-up of rifle tip

Various inside blood bank building held by Nusra Front

Various of destroyed buildings

Various inside the blood bank building

Wide of building held by regime forces

Various of Nusra Front fighters

Interview with Abu Zain al-Abidin, Nusra Front commander

Various of Abu Zain al-Abdidin with other Nusra Front fighters

Interview with unnamed Nusra Front fighter

Various of a room that was used as a detention center by regime forces

Interview with unnamed Nusra Front fighter

Close-up of graffiti written by regime fighters

Various of Nusra Front fighters attempting to approach regime-held building

Various of wrecked cars and killed regime fighters’ corpses

Medium of tank

Interview with Abu Omar al-Zaybaq, a Nusra Front commander

Various of regime-held building

Close-up of empty bullet casings

Various of Nusra Front fighters shooting at regime-held building

Wide of regime-held building

TRANSCRIPT

SOUNDBITE (Man, Arabic) Abu Zain al-Abidin , Nusra Front Commander
(02:10 – 03:53)

02:10
“In the name of God, peace be upon God’s Messenger, and thanks be to God. We are inside Jisr al-Shughour Hospital. Over there is the hospital’s main gate; here is the external clinics building behind me. This is the external clinics building. We are now in the hospital’s surrounding.
Q: We heard that high ranking officers from regime forces are inside the hospital. What kind of information do you have about this? And what is the approximate number of people inside the hospital, which you are now besieging?
A: The estimated number of people is 250. There might be high ranking personalities or the governor [of Idlib province]. There might be important personalities.
Q: In reaction, what did the regime do to break the siege and how did you manage to push back the regime forces?
A: It [the regime] is using all sorts of weapons, such as warplanes; it is trying with all sorts of weapons, but, thanks be to God, we are prepared to confront it. We shall retaliate with sophisticated and modern means. The regime will witness surprises in the next few hours.

03:26
We enforced a security perimeter with a radius of about five to six km and they could not withdraw. If they were able to withdraw they would have done it. Some of them withdrew but the others could not.
Our attack, thanks be to God, was very fast and we were able to enforce the siege unexpectedly. The perimeter we enforced on them was large. They were not able to withdraw. If they could withdraw they would have done it.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed Nusra Front Fighter
04:17 – 04:53
“We are now at the external clinics building in the National Hospital of Jisr al-Shughour. The infidel enemy is located in that building, which is a few meters away. We are now closing down on them with the help of God Almighty.
God willing, we will storm the building with explosive-rigged cars the likes of which the regime has not seen.
The men we have brought to fight you love death as much as you love life. We have brought migrant as well as local fighters. Thanks be to God.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed Nusra Front Fighter
(05:17 – 05:54) “This is not a prison. This is supposed to be a hospital. However, God’s enemy turned this into a cell to detain Muslims. Unfortunately, look how Muslims draw on the walls. May God help us. [UNINTELLIGIBLE] Prisoners had no knives or weapons and were placed in the second floor underground. May God help us; may God help us. God willing, we have come to cut your throats.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Abu Omar al-Zaybaq
(07:26 – 08:40)

07:26
“In the name of God, In the course of the hospital battle, thank be to God we are besieging [regime members] from all sides. Thanks be to God, we have controlled the three [main] buildings. There are one more building and the basement left.
God willing, we will soon be inside the basement where Assad’s gangs are located, which is where secrets are kept.

08:01
Q: What are these secrets? What is it that enabled people besieged in a single building to hold on?
A: God knows better, but it is said that the regime is so ferocious in trying to keep this hospital. God knows better, there might be high ranking officers, who could be Iranians or Russians. There could also be chemical weapons.
In the next few days we will bring you new information.”

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Burnt, Starved, and Idle: A Syrian Fa...
al-Hanboushe
By adrian
08 Aug 2014

April 24, 2014
al-Hanboushe, Syria

10 year old Abdullah suffers from burns on the lower part of his body that he received six months ago from an exploding shell. His family is unable to afford any medicine or treatment for his burns and, consequently, Abdullah is immobile and unable to attend school or work to support his family. He lives in his besieged, war torn village of Al Hanboushe, in Syria's Idlib province, with his mother, his ill father, and his siblings. His family shares a small, two-room house with his Aunt, who's husband was killed recently in an air raid, his grandparents, and his five cousins. Food is scarce and there are no able bodied adult males to provide for the family; Abdullah's grandfather is too old and frail to work.

Given that there is no one in Abdullah's family who is able to work, the family is forced to live off of the kindness of their neighbors and any food they can find in the surrounding fields. In short, Abdullah's family's daily existence is one of physical pain, boredom and hopelessness, with little end of the suffering in sight.

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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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Syrian Children Learn How to Respond ...
Idleb
By TTM Contributor 6
03 May 2014

April-May 2014.

Doctors in rural Idlib teach children how to respond to chemical gas attacks. The footage begins with images of a chemical attack in the town of Telmenes and then cuts to footage of a doctor in a classroom instructing children on how to respond to a chemical attack.

00:00 - 01:52
Video shot on April 21, 2014
The video shows people suffocating in Jarjanaz Field Hospital, in Talmenes, rural Idleb. Local witnesses said government helicopters hit the area with barrel bombs that contained toxic gases. According to activists, more than 130 people including women and children, suffered from respiratory problems and were transferred for treatment to field hospitals in Tel Mens, and Turkey.

01:53 - 08:47
Video shot on May 3rd, 2014, in Maarat al Noaman, rural Idleb
Shows Children at an elementary school attending training sessions to create awareness on how to deal with chemical and toxic attacks. Volunteer local doctors have launched a campaign to train children on basic methods and precautions to survive and overcome any chemical or toxic attack.

Transcription:
Dr Jamal Alwan- campaign supervisor:

You exit the explosion area immediately while covering your face with the mask and then you wash yourself with water to get rid of the toxic material. Any cough, shortness of breath, and eye burning requires immediate check from the closest medical point.
If we are in a place where masks are not available, we cover our nose and mouth with anything we can find, such as our sleeve.

Dr Jamal Alwan- campaign supervisor:
What should we do if we face a chemical attack?

Child1:
We should move away from the explosion area, cover our nose and mouth with a mask and if not available then with a piece of fabric, wash ourselves with water, and head to the nearest medical point in case of a cough or shortness of breath.

Child2:
If the regime drops toxic bombs on us, we should move away from the area immediately and cover our faces, then go home and wash with cold water, but the most important thing is to step away from the area where the toxic bomb was dropped.

Dr Jamal Alwan- campaign supervisor:

The purpose of this campaign is to spread awareness among children in order to decrease the number of injuries that might happen in case the horrible regime drops toxic bombs again. We don’t have advanced tools to shoot down the planes that are dropping the toxic bombs on us, nor to defend ourselves. All we can do is to escort the women, children, and civilians out of the area where the toxic bomb was dropped, and then to wash their faces and the exposed areas with water, and to hide them in a sealed room where there can be no leak for the toxic gas. In the cases where we witness, suffocating, shortness of breath, severe cough, and eye watering, we move these cases to the health care centers, medical points, and hospitals that can help them.

Dr. Houdeifa Hamoud- campaign supervisor:

When you witness the drop of a barrel bomb, you have to move away from the area immediately, do not go to the area where it dropped to watch. Most important thing is to cover your face, with a mask, a shirt, or any piece of fabric.
We started a campaign to spread awareness among school students and children specifically due to the increase of barrel bombs dropping which carry toxic gases such as Chlorine, Sarin , and we noticed many injuries from these chemical attacks in the country side of Idlib, so we started this campaign in order to protect children from these attacks, and we are teaching them techniques to deal with the attacks, such as when a barrel bomb drops, we run in the opposite direction of the wind, we cover our faces with any piece of fabric in order not to inhale the toxic substance, and taking the injuries to the nearest medical point. Very easy and simple instructions, as we said washing the face and covering in with a piece of fabric due to the lack of masks and the lack of support. We as a first aid crew, we’re trying to help these children, men of the future, avoid getting harmed and we hope for the best.

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Leishmania spreads in Syria
Idleb, Syria
By Idleb Press
28 Apr 2013

Leishmania spreads in Syria.
A video report about this disease from the village of Maar Shourin which is located in the countryside of Idleb.

Due to the lack of basic amenities and health care in Syria, Leishmaniasis, a complex disease, has been affecting a large number of the population in Idleb, northern Syria. The disease is transmitted through the a bite of a sandfly, affecting different parts of the body, resulting in sores on the skin and welts. The sores, sometimes, get infected.

Since the basic conditions of the Syrian people is very poor, the disease is most likely to be fatal. Also, regarding the fact that wartime conditions compromise the immune system, this disease is bound to spread quickly.

The medicine required for treatment is scarce in Syria, but the people of Idlib are attempting to assist every infected person without a fee.

It is difficult, at the moment, to assess the number of Leishmaniasis cases in Syria, but the poor conditions showed that the disease will continue transmitting from one person to another.

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The Choice of Democracy, Kafranbel
Kafranbel, Syria
By Mais Istanbuli
14 Apr 2013

Every week, Ahmad Jalal, a young dentist in the city of Kafranabel, Syria makes controversial drawings about the Syrian regime, its allies, and the international community. Each drawing is a protest against the international community's declarations about Syria, or a denunciation of human rights abuses committed by the Syrian regime. Every week a banner is also made and echos the messages found in the drawings.

Unknown before the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011, Kafranbel is a small city that has become an icon of the Syrian uprising. Located in the Idlib region of North-Western Syria, in a zone controlled by the Free Syrian Army's Knights of the law brigade, this small city is now becoming known for its caricatures and banners.

The text on the caricatures and banners of Kafranabel is written in English in order to "reach the international public opinion more that the governments, as [the governments] have never done something for us since the beginning of the revolution", Ahmad Jalal says. Ahmad Jalal also tries to use the caricatures as a way to promote Syrian unity. Some drawings and messages have been dedicated, for instance, to Qamishli, a predominantly Kurdish city in the north-east of the country which is under the control of the PYD, a Kurdish independence party. After two years of revolution and war, Kafranbel is trying to lead the fight against sectarianism and is fast becoming a model for the rest of the Syrian population opposed to the regime, but keeping hope for a unified Syria.

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Beautify Moaret Mesrin (1 of 4)
Idleb, Syria
By Idleb Press
09 Apr 2013

Facing difficult daily lives, increasing social needs along with a desire to help others by providing care and services, young people are volunteering with the Revolutionary Civic Council in Moaret Mesrin to implement a new campaign called "Beautify Moaret Mesrin."

The "Beautify Moaret Mesrin" campaign is raising awareness among people about the importance of maintaining hygiene in neighborhoods where destruction of city infrastructure has led to an absence of basic services. According to an Idleb Press reporter, quoting a volunteer, "It has to be different leadership or another organized system that takes care of social needs and civic services, instead of government systems."

The campaign will run three days a week and volunteers will help to reduce the prevalence of disease caused by the accumulation of garbage in the streets, broken sewer systems and the spread of insects in the city. Not just cleaning streets and filling holes, the volunteers will also create beauty in paintings and murals, trying to raise the spirits of the Moaret Mesrin community.

Idleb Press, the Media Office and media group of Moaret Mesren

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'Battle of Qminas,' Idleb
Idleb, Syria
By Idleb Press
25 Mar 2013

A video capturing a moment in the 'Battle of Qminas' when an artillery 23 gunner targets a commercial cargo plane owned by the Syrian authority. The 'North Free Brigade' is led by the Lieutenant Bilal Khabir, he and his battalion are trying to force out regime presence from the city of Idlib. The Syrian national army's stronghold in Idlib rests in the military camp known as 'Karmeed' (translates as "bricks"). From here the regime launches daily mortar rounds and missiles into various parts of the city. It is vital for the 'North Free Brigades' to defeat the regime forces in the camp in order to take over the city and "liberate" it from Assad's men.

مقطع مدفع 23 و هو يطلق النار على طائرة شحن تابعة للنظام السوري وهذا المدفع تابع لكتائب أحرار الشمال بقيادة الملازم أول بلال خبير ومعركة حرائر قميناس هي اسم معركة تدور لتحرير معسكر القرميد، ومعسكر القرميد هو قطعة عسكرية وتعد من اقوى المناطق العسكرية في محافظة ادلب حيث يقوم معسكرالقرميد بالقصف المدفعي يومياً على جميع انحاء محافظة ادلب

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Syrian Opposition Group Attacks a Car...
Idleb, Syria
By Idleb Press
25 Mar 2013

A Cargo plane transporting supplies for the Syrian regime was attacked by opposition anti aircraft weaponry which led to the crash of the plane. The weaponry is owned by the North Free Brigade a faction of the Free Syrian Army, the action took place in the battle of "Qminas Free" which was located near the Qarmeed camp in the countryside of Idleb.

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Fragments of warplanes rocket thrown ...
Binnish, Idleb, Syria
By Idleb Press
25 Mar 2013

The City of Binnish was bombed with missiles by warplanes which led to the spread of shrapnel throughout the city.

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Fragments of warplanes rocket thrown ...
Binnish, Idleb, Syria
By Idleb Press
25 Mar 2013

The City of Binnish was bombed with missiles by warplanes which led to the spread of shrapnel throughout the city.

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Fragments of warplanes rocket thrown ...
Binnish, Idleb, Syria
By Idleb Press
24 Mar 2013

The City of Binnish was bombed with missiles by warplanes which led to the spread of shrapnel throughout the city.

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Dead Cities 16
Syria, idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

IDP's who run from villages in Jebel Zawiyya.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 15
Syria, idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

Small boy at the doorstep of a grave which became home for refugees from nearby villages.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 11
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

At this time most of the kids can't go to schools. This IDP boy lives in a crypt underground.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 18
Syria, idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
16 Mar 2013

A woman preparing a meal. Twigs are used for the fuel for a simple grate.

Syria, Shensharah. March 17, 2013.

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Dead Cities 14
Syria , idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
15 Mar 2013

Caves became shelter for many families form Maarat Noman, a town which is under continuous shelling.
Syria, Om Alsyar. March 16, 2013.

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Dead Cities 9
Syria, Idlib province
By Maciej Moskwa
01 Feb 2013

IDP smoking a cigarette inside a crypt which is now his home. He had to leave his house and seek for shelter in the ancient ruins.

Syria, Shensharah. February 02, 2013.