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Raqqa Citizens Discuss Airstrikes
Raqqa
By mchreyteh
23 Sep 2014

September 23, 2014
Raqqa, Syria

Secretly shot footage shows citizens in Raqqa discussing US-led airstrikes. Included are shots of the central post office on Al-Quwatly Street after a drone crashed into one of the telecommunication towers. Tal Al-abyad Street, one of the busiest streets in Raqqa, is shown empty after the attack.

Shot list:
(00:00-00:42) The post office building (00:42-00:58) Tel al-Abyad street in the center of Raqqa (00:58-01:08) The municipality building in the center of Raqqa, ISIS headquarters (01:08-02:42) Interviews with civilians (02:42-02:56) A shot of ISIS fighters near the headquarters in the center of Raqqa.

Transcription:

Interview:
“We, the people of Raqqa, are against the American air strikes against ISIS that took place yesterday. We are against it because ISIS are spread amongst the civilians, and so, by targeting ISIS, civilians will definitely be harmed. Over 50 civilians were killed yesterday, so we do not welcome these strikes. If you want to talk about statistics, you will find that over 75% of the people in Raqqa are against the strikes.”

Interview:
“Concerning the strikes launched against ISIS in Raqqa, the people are torn between accepting them and rejecting them. They reject them because it will definitely harm civilians, but on the other hand they want them because ISIS have been harming civilians and imprisoning large numbers of them ever since they took over the city."

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IS Held Deir Ez Zour Discusses Impend...
Deir Ez Zour
By Abo-abd-alrahman
23 Sep 2014

September 19-21, 2014
Deir Ez Zour, Syria

Citizens in IS held Deir Ez Zour discuss the impending US strikes. Included are vox pops with a local woman and an IS fighter.

Sound Bite 1: Jamal, Nurse

Interviewer:

"What is your opinion concerning the international air strikes and the countries contributing in the strikes?"

Jamal: "It will have a negative effect on the Arabs and the Islamic state, we are an Islamic state built on the basis of Quran and Sunna, so if the strikes were from the west, they will rise problems for the Islamic state."

Interviewer: How is your spirit and your preparations?

Jamal: "Our spirit is positive and we are insisting to deliver our message and we do not doubt the abilities of the fighters."

Interviewer: "Is there a fear that the Islamic State will lose some of the areas it controls after the strike?"

Jamal: "We do not fear this movement, it is a zionist movement against the Islamic State. We do not approve of this issue because we are Muslims."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of power after 40 countries have announced that they will contribute in the air strikes?"

Jamal: "The power we have is the support of God, no power exceeds the power of God. We insist on this method, the method of Islam."

Sound Bite 2: Khaled, Fighter:

"There will be battles, and those air strikes will not change anything. My opinion is that those air strikes will not affect us at all."

Sound Bite 3: Abu Abdullah:

"America remains the enemy of Islam and Muslims, and those who support America is the enemy of Islam and Muslims. All Muslims are against those strikes and we will stand against them."

Sound Bite 4: Abu Mohammad:

Interviewer: "How is your spirit and preparations?"

Abu Mohammad: "Well our spirit is very positive because we have the support of God and he will help the Muslims win. He will help our brothers in the Islamic State."

Interviewer: "Do you fear that the Islamic state will stop expanding after the strikes?"

Abu Mohammad: "I do not think so, they have a very positive spirit. When we sit with some of the brothers we notice their positive spirit and their commitment to expand."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of powers since over 40 countries agreed to contribute in the strike?"

Abu Mohammad: "They have the power when it comes to planes, but on the ground they cannot beat our fighters. God will help them."

Sound Bite 5: Mohammad, owner of electronics shop:

Interviewer: "What is your opinion about the international strikes against the Islamic state, and the countries that are contributing [to the strikes]?"

Mohammad: "My Muslim brother, concerning the upcoming American strikes and the Jewish liberal western alliance that is happening against the Islamic state, we do care about the name, we talk about this concerning the Shari'a. The Shari'a of god will be applied literally, we are not applying it literally now, but hopefully we will reach a point where we will. As for the people participating with the infidels in fighting the Islamic State, those Arab presidents, those dictators fight any person who tries to apply the Shari'a of God. Any person who helps the infidels fight the Muslims is the biggest infidel. Those are the word of Sheikh Salman Bin Fahed al-Alwan, may God release him from the prisons of the Saudi family."

Interviewer: "How is the preparation for the strikes?"

Mohammad: "We have God on our side. They have the infidels and we have God."

Interviewer: "Do you fear that the Islamic state might lose some of the areas it controls after the strikes?"

Mohammad: "God is supporting us to stay on this land. We know that Islam is fought by everyone and anyone who tries to apply the Shari's is fought, but God will help us win."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of power since over 40 countries agreed to contribute to the strike?"

Mohammad: "This is very similar to the previous question, I already told you, we have God supporting us. If all the countries in the world cooperate against the Islamic State, and God wants us to win, we will win. God will help us win, and stay, and apply the Shari'a. Those who have the support of God fear nobody."

Sound Bite 6: Abu Yaakoub:

Interviewer: "What is your opinion concerning the international air strikes and the countries contributing to the strikes?"

"We all know that those air strikes are against Sunni Muslims. They tried to cover it by saying that they are striking against the extremist groups, but it is only against the Sunni groups. And now America is afraid of the Muslims because they are getting stronger and that is why it is trying to destroy us."

Interviewer: "How are you, as doctors and civilians, preparing for the strike?"

Abu Yaakoub: "We have been preparing for over three years against any strike despite of our humble abilities. We are prepared against a strike, we knew people are going to interfere to protect Bashar and his followers and to protect the Shia. We were able to stand against all the attacks we have been facing for the past three years. We have had barrel bombs dropped on us, we have been attacked so many times and we survived. Bashar was not fighting us alone, he had many by his side, we were fighting half of the world and now the whole world is fighting us and we are ready."

Interviewer: "Do you fear that the Islamic state might lose some of the areas it controls after the strikes?"

Abu Yaakoub: "We know that God will be on the side of the righteous people, and if the Islamic state is right, then nothing they will do can harm us. We know for sure that victory is meant for the Sunnis and we are meant to go back to the Islamic caliphate, just like the Era of prophet Mohammad. If anything, we expect the strike to bring us close together and the concept of the Islamic state will expand to all of the Levant and hopefully Mesopotamia."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of power now that over 40 countries agreed to contribute to the strike?"

Abu Yaakoub: "We are convinced that if the whole world came together to destroy the people of the prophet Mohammad, they will not be able to. They will never be able to destroy the people of Mohammad, we are staying until judgment day."

Sound Bite 7: Um Sabri:

Interviewer: "How is the spirit and the preparations?"

Um Sabri: "Thank God we are preparing very well because, for the past three years, we have been receiving strikes from Bashar al-Assad."

Interviewer: "What is your opinion about the American strikes and the countries that are contributing to the air strikes considering a lot of them are Arab countries?Um Sabri: I believe the air strikes are not against what they call ISIS which is the Islamic state, it is against the Syrians who proved to the world their strength with their amazing revolution, and to defend Bashar al-Assad."

Interviewer: "How are the civilians preparing?"

Um Sabri: "This question is very late, they should have asked how we prepare for the strikes of Bashar al-Assad. The American strikes, along with the 40 countries, are not going to be tougher than the strikes of Bashar al-Assad. So, thank God, the days have proven that we are ready for any strike from the infidels."

Interviewer: "Is there a fear that the American strikes might slow down the expansion of the Islamic state?"

Um Sabri: "That is up to the strength of belief in this organization. If they are right, God will help them, and if they were wrong, God will take care of them."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of power when there are over 40 countries contributing in the strike?"

Um Sabri: "There is no balance in power between the Islamic State and those big countries who have the contribution of 40 countries, some of which are Arabs. Definitely there is no balance in powers, but victory comes from God."

Sound Bite 8: Man in the Street:

Interviewer: "What is your opinion about the international strikes against the Islamic state, and the countries that are contributing?"

Man: "Those are infidels, Americans are infidels and those who support them are infidels. The Islamic State will remain with the help of God."

Interviewer: How are the Spirit and the preparations?

Man: "We are ready for anything."

Interviewer: "Do you fear that the Islamic State might lose some of the areas it controls after the strikes?"

Man: "The Islamic state will remain with the help of God, we want religion, and with the help of God we will stay and expand."

Interviewer: "How do you see the balance of power since over 40 countries agreed to contribute to the strike?"

Man: "They are infidels, the Islamic state will remain. Infidels have banded together to fight the Muslims throughout history, but we will remain with the help of God."

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Drone Crashes in Raqqa (Video)
Raqqa
By TTM Contributor 20
22 Sep 2014

September 23, 2014
Raqqa, Syria

IS fighters and civilians collect the debris from a drone that crashed into a telecommunications tower in Clock Square, in central Raqqa. The origin of the drone is yet to be identified.

Abu Ahmad, civilian:

"We were able to take down an American jet the first time one flew over Raqqa."

Abu Abdullah, Police man:

"Thank God an American jet was shot down. When they hit the telecommunication tower, they lost control. This is a joy for the Muslims and proof that God is by our side and our state will remain."

Abu Lhatoun, IS fighter:

"They keep saying they have jets and they have weapons, but we have fighters who love death as much as they love life. The sky is owned by God and so is the land, and he will give it to who God wants. The drone hit the telecommunication tower and crashed."

Mohammad Ahmed, Civillian:

"We woke up to the sound of explosions in the early morning, and the shelling continued between 3-4 am. I then came here to find that drone had crashed after it hit the telecommunication tower."

Ibrahim Mahmoud:

"At 5am, a drone hit the telecommunication tower in Raqqa city. So we came and found the pieces in the streets, why are they doing this, we are Muslims."

Hatem Khalaf, University student:

"At 4am we woke up to the sound of explosion after a drone hit the telecommunication tower in Raqqa. The pieces of the plane were spread across the city."

Fadel Zida, Civilian:

"A drone crashed after it hit a telecommunications tower in Raqqa at 4 am. We tell America, we are not afraid."

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Libyans Discuss Precarious Security S...
Tripoli
By Ahmad Mogharbel
19 Sep 2014

Tripoli, Libya
September 19, 2014

Despite the recent suffering faced by the people of Tripoli, life seems to go on. The army and police are constantly trying to keep things under control, especially in areas close to the airport and oil fields, which have seen an increase in militia presence.

Though some people believe that the situation is relatively stable, others describe life as total misery, with the proliferation of armed militias creating a sense of fear and insecurity among the city’s citizens.

SOUNDBITES

1-Ali Ahmad: "The situation in Libya is not very good. You have some areas where there is peace, others where the situation is very bad, and in other cities army men and police wander there all the time. But in general, the situation is not good" (00:40).

2-Abed Al-Baset Zalaytni: "The situation in Libya is not good, but since I live in Tripoli, where I live is somehow stable; police and army men are all around" (01:23).

3-Talal Saad: "The situation in Tripoli is perfect at the moment; stealing and killing was common in the past, now the situation is more stable" (01:58).

4-Naser Mohamad: "Tripoli is good, Alhamdulillah. Although some problems occurred next to the airport and the oil fields in the past months, now the situation is better. All the militias are out of Tripoli. As you can see I am next to the beach now, so all is good" (02:35).

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Eastern Ghouta: One Year After the Ch...
Damascus
By Abdu al-Fadel
21 Aug 2014

August, 2014
Eastern Ghouta, Damascus

Residents of the besieged Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta reflect on the chemical attack on their neighborhood one year later. The footage opens with shots from the night of the attack and then moves to footage shot one year later in which children and residents recall their experiences. A grave digger is also interviewed at a burial yard containing mass graves of people killed in the attack.

Translation:

Man at 1:50: Reminds me of Tragedy. tragedy "printed in our hearts" that will never go (fade) away. it will be transmitted to future generations, it will be saved in all history books. Imagine how in 1 glimpse, more than 2000 persons found death, children, women youth ...
Contributor: is this the neighborhood that was bombed?
Man: yes this is it. We removed the corpse of 60 persons from there houses you see in the back, kids and women. The way they bombarded this neighborhood can't be described, not even by a "Butcher", no words to describe how a person, a government or a regime can do this.
Contributor: These days remind you of what?
Man: Tragedy
Contributor: what were you doing the same time last year?
Man: Nothing, we were living a normal life. there was bombing, and we were trying to coop (adapt) with the situation, until God makes things better. It was normal until they gave us a gift (present) that took away the lives of nearly 2000 persons (kids, women..) You can see dead kids everywhere "like flowers". Look at those kids (showing the kids playing next to them), innocents. Isn't it a pity to kill this innocence, this laughter?
Girl at 3:24: We were sleeping at home when our neighbor started to yell at us : "go to the roof, there's chemicals here!" We went up to the roof, then we heard gunshots, we came back down. We entered our rooms, closed the doors, got water supplies with us and wore our masks, then we started to faint and fell on the floor, until the paramedics came to rescue us. Among the dead were my grandma, my uncle, my cousin, his wife and daughter.
Man at 4:20: Here are all the dead people.
Contributor: Approximately how many dead?
Man: Around 300
Contributor: Where were the others buried?
Man: In Hamoryah, in Kafr Batna. They were buried in mass graves, due to the incapability in burying them.
At 4:58: This grave used to fit approximately 40 corpses, we put 80, one on each side. Then we covered the bodies with soil and we did it over and over again.
At 5:14: Approximately 400 or a little bit less of those who were buried here were dead because of the chemicals, 150 of those who were living here were buried here. The other 150-200 were transported from other villages to here, and approximately 400-500 martyrs were buried in other neighborhoods in Eastern Ghouta.
At 5:34: There (pointing at a neighborhood in the background) you find around 204 martyrs that died because of the explosion, caused by a bomb planted in a car by the regime. Approximately 1800-2000 martyrs are in these graves.
It's a very tragic memory, all our loved ones, our women, our kids, our youth are dead. I pray for God to give everyone who participated in this massacre the punishment they deserve. Some media agencies said that other neighborhoods in Eastern Ghouta were affected, but the truth is that Zamalka and Ain Karma were the most affected.
At 6:32: I hope the international community thinks and punishes everyone who participated in this massacre in the courts, especially the Syrian regime and everyone else related to it.
At 6:52: on 8/21/2013, around 12:30-1 at night, we heard the first rocket. Everyone was horrified and started to shout :Chemicals, Chemicals, and it was at this time when the ambulances started to come to give the first aids. We helped as much as we could with the simple primitive capacities we had, few medicaments and Vaccines (syringes. needle..)
Unfortunately, those we couldn't help fell on the floor until they were transported to the hospitals in Eastern Ghouta. It was a really sad tragic day. Everything was expected, but not being bombed with chemicals, it was really hard. Around 3 at night, 2 or 3 more rockets were fired, targeting a crowded residential area, and people started to go up the the higher floors in the buildings, trying to escape. Unfortunately, the 2 rockets were fired simultaneously, the number of martyrs was really high. One of the medical centers was hit, all the medical crew and the people there were killed. We started to look for survivors from these medical centers, searching them one by one, and we buried all the martyrs, around 150 from Irbin and Kafr Batna, some women were buried there as well, due to our limited capacities.
Subhan Allah, it was one of the hardest days, we moved martyrs from 12 at night that day til the next day at noon, most of them were kinds and women from Irbin, and were buried in mass graves here.
It was a real tragic memory. An international committee of researches came and took samples, supposedly to hold the regime accountable for this massacre. And it was of course proven after the analysis that the regime was responsible for this tragedy, because the rebels don't have enough capacities to do it, And until now, we saw nothing from the international community, only few compensations and aids were given to the families of the martyrs.

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Donetsk Siege 001
Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
15 Aug 2014

August 15, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. An old man eats his meal inside a hospital used as a shelter against shelling. Remaining Donetsk residents have taken shelter in underground cellars and bunkers under their buildings or in hospitals to escape daily government and separatist shelling. Government shelling has increased in intensity in recent days, hitting the downtown areas more frequently than in the past two weeks since the siege started. Separatists have been loosing ground against loyalist troops.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
14 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Locals have taken shelter during government shelling. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatist fighting government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
14 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Bunk beds where locals have been sleeping inside a bomb-proof shelter. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatists in their fight against government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
14 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Separatists rush to warn locals to leave the area after a shell landed near a house, setting it on fire. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastions of separatists fighting against government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
14 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Locals take shelter in a bomb-proof cellar during government shelling. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatist fighting government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
14 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Locals emerging from their shelter during a lull in the fighting. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatist fighting government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
14 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Locals are taking shelter in bomb proof cellar during government shelling. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatist fighting government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
13 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. Locals whose house was hit by artillery fire are trying to put in out. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatist fighting government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
13 Aug 2014

August 14, 2014, Donetsk, Donbass, Ukraine. A young woman whose house took a direct hit from artillery fire calls relatives to deliver the news. Ukrainian forces continue their daily shelling of the city of Donetsk, one of the last remaining bastion of the separatist fighting government units surrounding the city. Civilians in Northern parts of the city now have to spend each night inside shelters in order to protect themselves from regular shelling. Ukrainian forces have gradually shrunk the separatists's defensive perimeter.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Aug 2014

August 9, 2014, Donetsk, Dombass, Ukraine. Locals from the Petrovs'kyi district are repairing damages done to their kitchen after a shell hit their building. A top commander of the pro-Russia insurgency has admitted to the fall of Marinka a mere 5 KM from the South West entrance of Donetsk, leaving pro-Russian separatists even more surrounded by troops loyal to Kiev. Donetsk, which had 1.2 million souls before the siege, has no more then 200 thousand left in the city, due to regular shelling from government forces. Most banks, stores, and petrol stations are closed, leaving the remaining local population to fend for themselves. The future of the largest city of the Donbass region remains uncertain as the rebels's defensive perimeter is squeezed a little more each day.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Aug 2014

August 9, 2014, Donetsk, Dombass, Ukraine. Locals discuss their current situation in the stairwell after their building was hit by artillery fire from government forces the previous night. A top commander of the pro-Russia insurgency has admitted to the fall of Marinka, a mere 5 KM from the South West entrance of Donetsk, leaving pro-Russian separatists even more surrounded by troops loyal to Kiev. Donetsk, which had 1.2 million souls before the siege, has no more then 200 thousand left in the city, due to regular shelling from government forces. Most banks, stores, and petrol stations are closed, leaving the remaining local population to fend for themselves. The future of the largest city of the Donbass region remains uncertain as the rebels's defensive perimeter decreases a little more each day.

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Donetsk
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Aug 2014

August 9, 2014, Donetsk, Dombass, Ukraine. A residential building took a direct hit from Ukrainian artillery. A top commander of the pro-Russia insurgency has admitted to the fall of Marinka a mere 5 KM from the South West entrance of Donetsk, leaving pro-Russian separatists even more surrounded by troops loyal to Kiev. Donetsk, which had 1.2 million souls before the siege, has no more then 200 thousand left in the city, due to regular shelling from government forces. Most banks, stores, and petrol stations are closed, leaving the remaining local population to fend for themselves. The future of the largest city of the Donbass region remains uncertain as the rebels's defensive perimeter is squeezed a little more each day.

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Paramedics of Gaza Brave War
By Loulou d'aki
22 Jul 2014

July 19-20, 2014
Gaza

Gaza's paramedics risk life and limb to rescue civilians injured during Israel's Operation Protective Edge. Workers and Volunteers from the Red Crescent in Gaza City have been venturing into Shishaya area of Gaza, which is under heavy attack from Israeli forces. These photos follow Red Crescent Workers on a dangerous nighttime rescue mission in Shishaya, offering glimpse into the life of Gaza's paramedics in a time of war.

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Bombed Houses in Gaza
Jabaliya
By Daniel Van Moll
18 Jul 2014

July 17, 2014
Jabaliya, Gaza

Civilians in the Jabaliya, Gaza inspect the ruins of their homes that were destroyed in Israeli airstrikes. The destruction of homes in Gaza has become of hallmark of Israel's latest offensive in the territory.

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Gazans Rush to Buy Food During Ceasefire
Gaza City
By Daniel Van Moll
18 Jul 2014

July 17, 2014
Gaza City

Residents of Gaza rush to local markets to buy food during a five hour, UN imposed ceasefire on July 17, 2014. Due to the ongoing conflict with Israel, residents have been trapped in their homes by fighting and food supplies have been running out.

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Car Bomb Kills A Security Officer in ...
By TTM Contributor 12
23 Jun 2014

The aftermath of a bomb near an army checkpoint in Beirut, which left a general security officer dead and at least 12 more injured. General Security officer Abdel Karim Hodroj was killed in the blast caused by a suicide bomber. Many of those injured were football fans in a nearby café who were celebrating Brazil’s World Cup victory, moments before. The Lebanese army released a statement saying that the culprit was a Syrian man, driving a Mercedes rigged with 25 kg of explosives. The army then cordoned off the area so the military police could conduct an investigation. This is the second suicide bomb in three days after a blast at an army checkpoint in eastern Lebanon, killed two soldiers on Friday.

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Burial Site Excavation
al-Jafra, Syria
By TTM Contributor 24
10 Jun 2014

Excavation of what is believed to be a burial site for victims of an alleged massacre of civilians by ISIS forces in the al-Jafra area of eastern Deir Ezzour Province in Syria.

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Tawerghans Face Challenges in IDP Cam...
Tawergha, Libya
By Transterra Editor
09 Apr 2014

In August 11th, 2011, habitants of Tawergha were forced to leave their town by Misrata rebel groups. They were accused of supporting Libyan forces of killed President Muammar Gaddafi during the two months long siege of Misrata.

Tawergha lies south of Misrata between this town and Gaddafi's stronghold town of Sirte. Gaddafi's forces used Tawergha as a base to besiege Misrata during the war, back in 2011.

Many of the around 30,000 inhabitants of Tawergha had to leave the town walking miles and miles through the desert and are now spread across the country. To this day, Tawergha remains a ghost town and it is reportedly being destroyed by militias of Misrata in order to prevent any future return of its inhabitants. The Libyan government is not able to guarantee safe return for the refugees, nor to protect the city.

In Libyan capital, Tripoli, there are up to four IDP camps for Tawerghans. The camp we visited, Tariq al Matar (Airport road) lies on the highway connecting the city and the airport in an old fabric. Access to the camp is through a dirt road of about 200 meters.

Tariq al Matar hosts around 300 families and a total of 1500 people. Most families use to live in a single room of about 3 x 3 meters. Residents say that water is not healthy, they do not have access to hot water and face attacks from militias for the simple fact of being from Tawergha. They say they are abused by Libyans outside the camp and have no protection from authorities.

A majority of city inhabitants are black-skinned, a rare fact in coastal Libya. This is due to the slavery origins of the habitants, which were once working on the palm trees.

TRANSCRIPT/LISTING OF SCENES:

1- Dirt road, only way to access the camp.

2-General view

3-Entrance to the camp. (Revolutioners of Tawergha can be read)

4- Mabrouk Mohammed, one of the coordinators of the camp

5- Mabrouk in the camp's office

6- He shows videos of the day Tawerghans were expelled from their town.

7- Another video

8- Mabrouk - "Misrata does not want us to return until there is a law that compensates them. They say that there are women who were raped by Tawergha. They want to investigate us and apply justice. They are asking the Libyan government not to allow us back until those guilty go to tribunals and are sentenced."

9- We are sure that some people (from Tawergha) did bad things. We are not all guilty for that. People from Tawergha have met with people from Misrata to solve the problem. We apologized to the families of Misrata. The meetings were good, but there is no answer from their side. They are waiting for the government to decide, but the government is not strong.

10- Street of the camp

11- Street

12-Street at the edge of the camp

13- Mabrouk explains the problems with the water

14- Housing unit for several families. Tawergha can be read.

15- Showers inside the unit. No Machines, no hot water

16- Toilets and water tank

17- Corridor. Each door, one family

18- One of the rooms. Up to 9 people in some of them

19- They received aid when they moved, but now, no.

20- Old man with an ill wife in their room

21- This family built a second room with a kitchen.

22- "The camp is not protected. Militias make problems for us. They killed people here. They arrested people here who did nothing. Militias come and say Tawergha, Tawergha! and take three or four people."

23- Clothes hanging to dry

24- Libyan flag

25- A family builds a new room

26- Kid carries concrete to his father

27- Mahmud: "We are building a room because the one we have is not enough for the whole family. We are seven and as you know we have young and old children, and we can't stay in a single room"

28- Mahmud working.

29- Inside the camp

30- Entrance to the mosque

31, 32, 33- Inside the mosque

34- Call for prayer

35- Man walks home after prayer.

36- Khamis Salem Ibrahim: "On October 12th, my sons were at home and a militia from Misrata came. They stormed the house and took three people. I don't know what happened with one of them, Salem is at home and Ibrahim is at the Wahda Institute."

37- Khamis in the camp.

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Destruction of Homs 12
Homs
By yazan1985
10 Feb 2014

File photo shows destructions in the Syrian city of Homs, in March 2014.

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"Crossing of Death" in Aleppo.
Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Al Jabali
06 Nov 2013

"Crossing of Death" in Aleppo is the area between the liberated areas and areas under the control of the Syrian regime , where civilians turns to the target of snipers.

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Serekaniye or Ras al Ayn (8 of 17)
Ras al Ain, Syria
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
13 Jul 2013

April 12, 2013. Ziad, an FSA fighter, rides one of the local neighborhood children's bicycles. When there is no fighting, the rebels are often bored.

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White-
Istanbul, Turkey
By Mais Istanbuli
19 Jun 2013

Riots in Istanbul started for the sake of protecting Gezi Park, located beside Taksim Square, after the government announced a mall project which would be erected in place of the park. Initially, a few hundred people, mainly environmental activists, conducted peaceful protests and camped in the park. After the first two days of protesting, police officers violently attacked the protesters with tear gas and burned their sleeping tents.

The public furiously responded to these attacks, as they joined together void of any political movement, against the government. The protests contained a powerful, organic element, that combined the diverse Turkish community together for the first time in the country's history, fighting for one cause: freedom. Citizens want be to involved; they want to be the decision makers in the city. More than three weeks have passed since the riots began and there is still ongoing violence every day. Casualties already reached four dead, thousands injured, and thousands arrested. Also, many journalists have been taken into custody.

Present-day Gezi Park has a controversial history. The site was formerly an Armenian graveyard between 1551-1939 and was also the place of Topcu Kislasi, military barracks built under the reign of Sultan Selim III. The area also included the very first Genocide memorial statue in the world, built in 1919, which witness annual commemorations until 1924.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (16 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

People are demanding for their democratical right to stage a protest.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (12 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Old man is cursing at the violence to the police whilst facing them.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (11 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A man affected by tear gas is trying to recover

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Gezi Gets Gassed (8 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A man was wounded by police attacks. He escaped in search of medical assistance.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (7 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

The grenade was shot back to the police by the protesters.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (3 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A rioter still standing after police threw a tear gas bomb.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (46 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A rioter attempts to stand facing the tear gas attack,, carrying a rainbow flag.

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (1...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

A civilian rioted amid the tear gas without placing on his gas mask. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (41 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

At Taksim square, a grenade was thrown back at police forces

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (1...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Men attempted to stop a surge of water that was blasted from a tank. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.

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Gezi Gets Gassed (40 of 46)
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Some riot shields were named ''Tayyip'" after the president of the Turkish Republic.

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (1...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Fire and tear gas accumulated beside a barricade. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.