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  30. <title>Interview on Apophenia: &#8220;A Talk with Eva Bartlett&#8221; [Part 1]</title>
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  34. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
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  48. <description><![CDATA[Al-Dabeet Maternity Hospital as of July 2016. The hospital was internally gutted in a May 2016 terrorist attack which saw an explosive land immediately outside, exploding vehicles parked nearby. Three women were killed in the attack; little media attention was given. * Apophenia: A Talk with Eva Bartlett Part 1  Related Links: Western corporate media [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=21473&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  49. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><span style="color:#000000;"><img data-attachment-id="21579" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/western-corporate-media-disappears-over-1-5-million-syrians-and-4000-doctors/25-3/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/25.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="25" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/25.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/25.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-21579" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/25.jpg?w=620" alt="25" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/25.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/25.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/25.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/25.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/25.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/25.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></span><br />
  50. <span style="color:#000000;"> <em>Al-Dabeet Maternity Hospital as of July 2016. The hospital was internally gutted in a May 2016 terrorist attack which saw an explosive land immediately outside, exploding vehicles parked nearby. Three women were killed in the attack; little media attention was given.</em></span></p>
  51. <p><span style="color:#000000;">*</span></p>
  52. <h2><span style="color:#000000;">Apophenia: A Talk with Eva Bartlett Part 1 </span></h2>
  53. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/QgD1MV8tdp4?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  54. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Related Links:</strong></span></p>
  55. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.sott.net/article/325238-Western-corporate-media-disappears-over-1-5-million-Syrians-and-4000-doctors#" target="_blank">Western corporate media ‘disappears’ over 1.5 million Syrians and 4,000 doctors:Doctors In Aleppo Refute Media Lies</a>, SOTT.net, Aug 14, 2016, Eva Bartlett </span><br />
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  57. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian/222594/" target="_blank">Aleppo: How US &amp; Saudi-Backed Rebels Target ‘Every Syrian’</a>, MintPressNews, Nov 29, 2016, Eva Bartlett</span><br />
  58. <span style="color:#000000;"> <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.sott.net/article/327727-Eva-Bartlett-photo-essay-The-villages-in-Aleppo-ravaged-by-the-U-Ss-moderate-rebels" target="_blank">Aleppo and nearby villages ravaged by the U.S.’s “moderate” terrorists (Photo Essay)</a>, SOTT.net, Sep 8, 2016, Eva Bartlett</span></p>
  59. <p><span style="color:#000000;">My January 28, 2017 post, &#8220;<a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/those-who-transmit-syrian-voices-are-russian-propagandists-monitors-of-fake-news-negate-syrian-suffering/" target="_blank">Those Who Transmit Syrian Voices Are Russian Propagandists? Monitors of ‘Fake News’ Negate Syrian Suffering</a><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/those-who-transmit-syrian-voices-are-russian-propagandists-monitors-of-fake-news-negate-syrian-suffering/" target="_blank">Those Who Transmit Syrian Voices Are Russian Propagandists? Monitors of ‘Fake News’ Negate Syrian Suffering</a>&#8220;</span></p>
  60. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><img data-attachment-id="21479" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/interview-on-apophenia-a-talk-with-eva-bartlett-part-1/17270035_10156285154778868_594801173_n/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/17270035_10156285154778868_594801173_n.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="933,464" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;vanessa beeley&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="17270035_10156285154778868_594801173_n" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/17270035_10156285154778868_594801173_n.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/17270035_10156285154778868_594801173_n.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-21479" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/17270035_10156285154778868_594801173_n.jpg?w=620" alt="17270035_10156285154778868_594801173_n" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/17270035_10156285154778868_594801173_n.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/17270035_10156285154778868_594801173_n.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/17270035_10156285154778868_594801173_n.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/17270035_10156285154778868_594801173_n.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/17270035_10156285154778868_594801173_n.jpg 933w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></span><br />
  61. <span style="color:#000000;"> *<em>UK Channel 4 darling &#8220;doctor&#8221; Hamza al-Khateeb with one of the Nour el-Din el-Zenki child beheaders.[photos courtesy of Abdo Haddad]</em></span></p>
  62. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>*On Bana al-Abed,</strong> the 7 year old child miraculously formerly tweeting from &#8216;rebel&#8217; occupied eastern Aleppo, and now being used in further war propaganda:</span></p>
  63. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Barbara McKenzie (<a style="color:#000000;" href="https://barbaramckenzie.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/bana-of-aleppo-the-story-so-far-update/" target="_blank">Bana of Aleppo: the Story So Far [updated 6 December</a>) wrote:</span></p>
  64. <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8220;&#8230;Wee Bana hit the ground running on 24 September with about 20 tweets, and has continued at a good rate ever since, managing over 120 on 4 October (including retweets). I myself used Twitter for weeks before I used hashtags and I was slow to learn the jargon. Bana, however, was up to speed from the beginning, and over the first two days we got #Aleppo, #HolocaustAleppo #MassacreInAleppo #StopAleppoMassacre. She is well up on acronyms like POTUS and OMG.</span></p>
  65. <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8230;There can be no doubt that the Bana project is a hoax, like the Gay Girl in Damascus and the White Helmets. The tweets are not the thoughts of a little Syrian girl wanting the world to save her from Russian bombs. Rather, they are the product of a sophisticated and well-planned operation designed to shape public perception of the Syrian and Russian operations, in order to justify Western intervention in Syria and facilitate regime change.&#8221;</span></p>
  66. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><img data-attachment-id="21507" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/interview-on-apophenia-a-talk-with-eva-bartlett-part-1/bana/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bana.png?w=620" data-orig-size="436,318" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Bana" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bana.png?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bana.png?w=620?w=436" class=" size-full wp-image-21507 aligncenter" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bana.png?w=620" alt="Bana" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bana.png 436w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bana.png?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bana.png?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 436px) 100vw, 436px"   /></span></p>
  67. <div class="embed-twitter">
  68. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550">
  69. <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Irrefutable proof that Bana does not know any English. Not even the simplest possible English. What a scam! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Syria?src=hash">#Syria</a> <a href="https://t.co/ytOc9ieb4R">pic.twitter.com/ytOc9ieb4R</a></p>
  70. <p>&mdash; Walid (@walid970721) <a href="https://twitter.com/walid970721/status/827528526165372928">February 3, 2017</a></p></blockquote>
  71. <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div>
  72. <p><span style="color:#000000;">See Barbara McKenzie&#8217;s  latest, &#8220;<a style="color:#000000;" href="https://barbaramckenzie.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/the-crucifixion-of-bana-alabed/" target="_blank">The Crucifixion of Bana al Abed.</a>&#8220;</span></p>
  73. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>*On the Aleppo Media Centre,</strong>  see Vanessa Beeley&#8217;s &#8220;<a style="color:#000000;" href="http://21stcenturywire.com/2016/09/20/exclusive-aleppo-media-centre-funded-by-french-foreign-office-eu-and-us/">EXCLUSIVE: ‘Aleppo Media Centre’ Funded By French Foreign Office, EU and US</a>.&#8221;</span></p>
  74. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>*On Bilal Abdul Kareem:</strong></span></p>
  75.  
  76. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/interview-on-apophenia-a-talk-with-eva-bartlett-part-1/bilal-w-suicide-bomber/'><img width="300" height="190" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bilal-w-suicide-bomber.jpg?w=300&#038;h=190" class="attachment-medium size-medium" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bilal-w-suicide-bomber.jpg?w=300&#038;h=190 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bilal-w-suicide-bomber.jpg?w=600 600w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bilal-w-suicide-bomber.jpg?w=150 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-attachment-id="21546" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/interview-on-apophenia-a-talk-with-eva-bartlett-part-1/bilal-w-suicide-bomber/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bilal-w-suicide-bomber.jpg" data-orig-size="871,552" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1488554441&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="bilal w suicide bomber" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bilal-w-suicide-bomber.jpg?w=300&#038;h=190" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bilal-w-suicide-bomber.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  77. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/interview-on-apophenia-a-talk-with-eva-bartlett-part-1/bilal-patting-explosive-belt/'><img width="300" height="197" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bilal-patting-explosive-belt.jpg?w=300&#038;h=197" class="attachment-medium size-medium" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bilal-patting-explosive-belt.jpg?w=300&#038;h=197 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bilal-patting-explosive-belt.jpg?w=600 600w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bilal-patting-explosive-belt.jpg?w=150 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-attachment-id="21545" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/interview-on-apophenia-a-talk-with-eva-bartlett-part-1/bilal-patting-explosive-belt/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bilal-patting-explosive-belt.jpg" data-orig-size="872,574" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1488554495&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="bilal patting explosive belt" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bilal-patting-explosive-belt.jpg?w=300&#038;h=197" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/bilal-patting-explosive-belt.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  78.  
  79. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Bilal Abdul Kareem: &#8220;Do I give a microphone, and a camera, to al-Qaeda members? Yes I do!&#8221;</span></p>
  80. <blockquote class="twitter-video">
  81. <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><span style="color:#000000;">Bilal Abdul Kareem: &#8220;Do I give a microphone, and a camera, to al-Qaeda members? Yes I do!&#8221; <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://t.co/Zkn8eW93Nm">pic.twitter.com/Zkn8eW93Nm</a></span></p>
  82. <p><span style="color:#000000;">— Navstéva يزور <img src="https://s0.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/wpcom-smileys/twemoji/2/72x72/1f410.png" alt="🐐" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> (@Navsteva) <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://twitter.com/Navsteva/status/841361010002939905">March 13, 2017</a></span></p></blockquote>
  83. <p><span style="color:#000000;">*<strong>On latest Amnesty International sham report:</strong></span></p>
  84. <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8211;<a style="color:#000000;" href="https://sputniknews.com/radio_hard_facts/201702151050664352-amnesty-international-syria-prison-saydnaya/" target="_blank">The Problems With the Amnesty International Report</a> [interview]. <em>Former UK Ambassador to Syria, <strong>Peter Ford</strong> dismantles the Amnesty International Report on the Syrian Saydnaya prison and highlights its many problems.</em> One of Ford&#8217;s points included:</span></p>
  85. <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8220;Clearly none of the authors of the report have ever been to Saydnaya, but I have. When I was British Ambassador in Damascus I had occasion to go to Saydnaya numerous times. I did not enter the prison, but I saw the building. I saw, for example, that it would be literally impossible for it to contain, what Amnesty say in their report, 10-20,000 prisoners at one time. 10-20,000 is a fair-sized town. The building which I saw in Saydnaya could not possibly accommodate more than 10% of those numbers. So, when they get this basic information wrong, you have to wonder about the veracity of the rest.&#8221; [LISTEN <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://sputniknews.com/radio_hard_facts/201702151050664352-amnesty-international-syria-prison-saydnaya/" target="_blank">HERE</a>]</span></p>
  86. <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8211;<a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.activistpost.com/2017/02/amnesty-international-human-slaughterhouse-report-lacks-evidence-credibility-reeks-of-state-department-propaganda.html" target="_blank">Amnesty International “Human Slaughterhouse” Report Lacks Evidence, Credibility, Reeks Of State Department Propaganda</a> [article]</span></p>
  87. <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8211;<a style="color:#000000;" href="http://landdestroyer.blogspot.hr/2017/02/amnesty-international-admits-syrian.html" target="_blank">Amnesty International Admits Syrian &#8220;Saydnaya&#8221; Report Fabricated Entirely in UK </a>[article]</span></p>
  88. <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8211;<a style="color:#000000;" href="http://dissidentvoice.org/2016/03/the-caesar-photo-fraud-that-undermined-syrian-negotiations/" target="_blank">The Caesar Photo Fraud that Undermined Syrian Negotiations</a> [article]</span></p>
  89. <p><span style="color:#000000;">*</span></p>
  90. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Part 2 to follow.</span></p>
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  119. <title>Syria: NOT A Revolution! [Video analysis]</title>
  120. <link>https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/syria-not-a-revolution-video-analysis/</link>
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  122. <pubDate>Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:29:03 +0000</pubDate>
  123. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
  124. <category><![CDATA[media lies]]></category>
  125. <category><![CDATA[Syria]]></category>
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  128. <description><![CDATA[Mar 18, 2017, Syriana Analysis: * &#8220;The narrative of the corporate mainstream media is that the vast majority of Syrians resorted to peaceful protests against the &#8220;dictator Assad regime&#8221;. In this video, I will prove with evidences that, what you were being told is a lie.&#8221;&#8211;Syriana Analysis * Related: My October 2015 article, &#8220;Deconstructing the [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=21552&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
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  130. <div><strong class="watch-time-text">Mar 18, 2017, <a class="g-hovercard yt-uix-sessionlink       spf-link " href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClvD6c1VI75QZWJjA_yiWhg">Syriana Analysis</a></strong>:</div>
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  132. <p class="">*</p>
  133. <p id="eow-description" class="">&#8220;The narrative of the corporate mainstream media is that the vast majority of Syrians resorted to peaceful protests against the &#8220;dictator Assad regime&#8221;.<br />
  134. In this video, I will prove with evidences that, what you were being told is a lie.&#8221;&#8211;<em>Syriana Analysis</em></p>
  135. <p class="">*</p>
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  137. <p class=""><strong>Related:</strong></p>
  138. <p class="">My October 2015 article, &#8220;<a href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/deconstructing-the-nato-narrative-on-syria/" target="_blank">Deconstructing the NATO Narrative on Syria</a><a href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/deconstructing-the-nato-narrative-on-syria/" target="_blank">Deconstructing the NATO Narrative on Syria</a>&#8220;. Excerpts:<span id="more-21552"></span></p>
  139. <p>&#8220;&#8230;it is known that from the beginning, in Dara’a  and throughout Syria, armed protesters were firing upon, and butchering, security forces and civilians. Tim Anderson’s “<a href="http://www.opednews.com/articles/Syria-how-the-violence-be-by-Tim-Anderson-130513-875.html#_blank">Syria: how the violence began, in Daraa</a>” pointed out that police were killed by snipers in the March 17/18 protests; the Syrian army was only brought to Dara’a following the murder of the policemen. Additionally, a storage of protesters’ weapons was found in Dara’a’s al-Omari mosque.</p>
  140. <p>Prem Shankar Jha’s, “<a href="http://www.handsoffsyriasydney.com/articles/who-fired-the-first-shot/#_blank">Who Fired The First Shot?</a>” described the slaughter of 20 Syrian soldiers outside Dara’a a month later, “by cutting their throats, and cutting off the head of one of the soldiers.” A very “moderate”-rebel practice.</p>
  141. <p>In “<a href="http://rt.com/op-edge/157412-syria-hidden-massacre-2011/#_blank">Syria: The Hidden Massacre</a>” Sharmine Narwani investigated the early massacres of Syrian soldiers, noting that many of the murders occurred even after the Syrian government had abolished the state security courts, lifted the state of emergency, granted general amnesties, and recognized the right to peaceful protest.</p>
  142. <p>The April 10, 2011 <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew9moHwJKiE">murder</a> of Banyas farmer Nidal Janoud was one of the first horrific murders of Syrian civilians by so-called “unarmed protesters.” Face gashed open, mutilated and bleeding, Janoud was paraded by an armed mob, who then hacked him to death.</p>
  143. <p>Father Frans Van der Ludt—the Dutch priest living in Syria for nearly 5 decades prior to his April 7, 2014 assassination by militants occupying the old city of Homs—<a href="http://www.trans-int.com/wordpress/index.php/2014/04/14/father-frans-on-the-syrian-rebellion-the-protestors-shot-first/">wrote</a> (repeatedly) of the “armed demonstrators” he saw in early protests, “who began to shoot at the police first.”</p>
  144. <p>May 2011 video footage of later-resigned Al Jazeera journalist Ali Hashem shows fighters entering Syria from Lebanon, carrying guns and RPGs (Hashem stated he’d likewise seen fighters entering in April). Al Jazeera refused to air the May footage, telling Hashem to ‘forget there are armed men.’ [See: Sharmine Narwani’s “<a href="http://english.al-akhbar.com/blogs/sandbox/surprise-video-changes-syria-timeline#_blank">Surprise Video Changes Syria “Timeline”</a>”] Unarmed protesters?</p>
  145. <p><b>The Sectarian Card: Slogans and Massacres</b></p>
  146. <p>What sectarianism we see in Syria today was delivered primarily by the Wahabi and Muslim Brotherhood (MB) regimes of Saudi Arabia and Qatar and by Turkey, with NATO’s blessing and backing. The <a href="http://www.opednews.com/articles/In-Defence-of-the-Syrian-A-by-Tim-Anderson-130702-40.html">cross-sect make-up</a> of both the Syrian State and the Syrian army alone speaks of Syria’s intentional secularism, as well as the prevalent refusal of average Syrians to self-identify along sectarian lines.</p>
  147. <p>On the other hand, from the beginning, the West’s “nonviolent protesters” were chanting sectarian slogans, notably, “Christians to Beirut, Alawis to the grave.” Other popular chants <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6zGwjj0lDc#_blank">included</a>: calling for the extermination of all Alawis; pledging allegiance to Saudi-based extremist Syrian Sheikh Adnan Arour and to extremist MB supporting Egyptian Sheikh, Yusuf al-Qardawi.</p>
  148. <p>Qatar-based Qaradawi <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e-J2977xB4#_blank">advocates</a> killing Syrian civilians: “It is OK to <a href="http://australiansforreconciliationinsyria.org/fact-or-fiction/#_blank">kill one third</a> of the Syrian population if it leads to the toppling of the heretical regime.” The inflammatory Arour said about Syria’s Alawis: “By Allah we shall mince them in meat grinders and feed their flesh to the dogs.”</p>
  149. <p>The NATO alliance’s terrorists have committed numerous massacres of Syrian civilians and soldiers, many of which were intended to sow sectarianism, including:</p>
  150. <ul>
  151. <li>The June 2011 Jisr al Shugour, Idlib, massacre of up to 120 people (soldiers and civilians) by between 500-600 so-called FSA terrorists; blamed on the SAA as having killed “military deserters”. [see Prem Shankar Jha’s  <a href="http://www.premshankarjha.com/2014/02/27/syria-who-fired-the-first-shot/">article</a> “Syria – Who fired the first shot?”]</li>
  152. <li>The Houla massacre of over 100 civilians on May 25, 2012, which only 2 days later the UN claimed—without an investigation— had been committed by the Syrian Army. [See Tim Anderson’s detailed rebuttal, “<a href="http://www.globalresearch.ca/houla-revisited-official-truth-in-the-dirty-war-on-syria/5438441#_blank">The Houla Massacre</a> <a href="http://www.globalresearch.ca/houla-revisited-official-truth-in-the-dirty-war-on-syria/5438441#_blank">Revisited: “Official Truth” in the Dirty War on Syria</a>” In the same article, Anderson also looked at the August 2012 Daraya massacre of 245 people and the December 2012 Aqrab massacre of up to 150 villagers.</li>
  153. <li>The <a href="http://australiansforreconciliationinsyria.org/massacre-in-lattakia-august-2013/#_blank">August 2013 massacre</a> of at least 220 civilians (including a fetus, many children, women, elderly) and kidnapping of at least 100 (mostly women and children) in villages in the Latakia countryside.</li>
  154. <li>The December 2013 massacre of at least 80 residents (many “<a href="http://rt.com/news/adra-syria-massacre-witnesses-355/#_blank">slaughtered like sheep</a>”, <a href="http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-liberation-of-the-syrian-city-of-adra-held-hostage-by-us-sponsored-death-squads/5363329#_blank">decapitated, burned</a> in bakery ovens) in Adra industrial village.</li>
  155. <li>The continued terrorist-mortaring of civilian areas and schools; the repeated terrorist-car-bombing of civilian areas and schools. [see: “<a href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/the-terrorism-we-support-in-syria-a-first-hand-account-of-the-use-of-mortars-against-civilians/#_blank">The Terrorism We Support in Syria: A First-hand Account of the Use of Mortars against Civilians</a>”]</li>
  156. </ul>
  157. <p>Yet, in spite of outside forces attempts to sow sectarianism in Syria, the vast majority of Syrian people refuse it&#8230;.&#8221;</p>
  158. <p class=""><br />Filed under: <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/media-lies/'>media lies</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/syria/'>Syria</a>  <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=21552&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  166. <title>Video: War on Syria: Manufactured Revolution and Fake Media Narrative</title>
  167. <link>https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/video-war-on-syria-manufactured-revolution-and-fake-media-narrative/</link>
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  169. <pubDate>Sun, 05 Mar 2017 19:32:22 +0000</pubDate>
  170. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
  171. <category><![CDATA[Aleppo]]></category>
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  186. <description><![CDATA[* By Global Research, February 28, 2017 Canadian independent journalist Eva Bartlett is the object of a smear campaign by Canada’s mainstream media. Listen to what she has to say and then decide who is telling the truth. The mainstream media denies the existence of terrorists linked to Al Qaeda. According to mainstream sources, there were no terrorists in [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=21394&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
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  190. <div class="grDate">By <a href="http://www.globalresearch.ca/war-on-syria-manufactured-revolution-and-fake-media-narrative/5577303" target="_blank">Global Research</a>, February 28, 2017</div>
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  193. <p>Canadian independent journalist <strong>Eva Bartlett</strong> is the object of a smear campaign by Canada’s mainstream media. Listen to what she has to say and then decide who is telling the truth.</p>
  194. <p>The mainstream media denies the existence of terrorists linked to Al Qaeda.</p>
  195. <p>According to mainstream sources, there were no terrorists in Aleppo.</p>
  196. <p>Al Qaeda and the Islamic State are supported by US-NATO, Saudi Arabia and Israel. They are the state-sponsors of terrorism.<strong> </strong>We are dealing with a war of aggression.<strong> Eva Bartlett</strong> provides detailed evidence of  war crimes.</p>
  197. <p>The following video interview by Global Research TV was conducted in Montreal in January in the context of Eva Bartlett’s Canada speaking tour.</p>
  198. <p>It is followed by her presentation at the Montreal venue. <em>(M.Ch, GR Editor)</em></p>
  199. <iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='560' height='315' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/yCs6d2YNj2w?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe>
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  208. <p><strong>Eva Bartlett’s presentation in Montreal:</strong></p>
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  214. <p><strong>Excerpts from Eva Bartlett’s Sott article entitled</strong></p>
  215. <p><a href="https://www.sott.net/article/325238-Western-corporate-media-disappears-over-1-5-million-Syrians-and-4000-doctors#">Western corporate media ‘disappears’ over 1.5 million Syrians and 4,000 doctors</a></p>
  216. <h3>Doctors In Aleppo Refute Media Lies</h3>
  217. <p style="text-align:center;">In the first week of July 2016 I traveled by car to Aleppo. When entering the southern Ramouseh district of the city, the car sped along a road known for terrorist snipers. Three weeks later in Ramouseh, a <a title="http://sana.sy/en/?p=83711" href="http://sana.sy/en/?p=83711" target="_blank">woman was sniped by a terrorist and killed</a>.</p>
  218. <p style="text-align:center;"><a title="© Eva Bartlett" href="https://www.sott.net/image/s16/337588/full/Ramouseh_road.jpg" target="_blank" rel="ibox&amp;ignore_target=true"><img class="aligncenter" title="Click to enlarge" src="https://www.sott.net/image/s16/337588/large/Ramouseh_road.jpg" alt="" border="0" /></a>© Eva Bartlett: <em>Oil barrels line Ramouseh road to protect Syrian civilians against Western-backed terrorist snipers</em></p>
  219. <p>In Aleppo, I met with doctors from the <a title="https://www.facebook.com/Aleppodoctors.org/" href="https://www.facebook.com/Aleppodoctors.org/" target="_blank">Aleppo Medica</a><a title="https://www.facebook.com/Aleppodoctors.org/" href="https://www.facebook.com/Aleppodoctors.org/" target="_blank">l</a><a title="https://www.facebook.com/Aleppodoctors.org/" href="https://www.facebook.com/Aleppodoctors.org/" target="_blank"> Association</a> (established in 1959), including Dr. Zahar Buttal, Dr. Tony Sayegh, and Dr. Nabil Antaki.</p>
  220. <p>One question I posed to the doctors was regarding the other oft-repeated lie of the “last pediatrician” in Aleppo, a startling allegation designed to shock western readers and rally them against the Syrian government. And one which has no basis in truth.</p>
  221. <p>Dr. Zahar Buttal, Chairman of the Aleppo Medical Association, refuted such allegations, noting that Aleppo has 180 pediatricians still working in the city. Of one of the alleged lone pediatricians he said: “The media says the only pediatrician in Aleppo was killed in a hospital called Quds. In reality, it was a field hospital, not registered.” As for the pediatrician, “We checked the name of the doctor and didn’t find him registered in Aleppo Medical Association records.”</p>
  222. <p>Indeed, the Quds hospital referenced was central to the April/May frenzy of media lies regarding Aleppo and the Syrian government, and Russian allies. Claims around the building called al-Quds hospital contradicted one another, the fallacies and serious discrepancies outlined <a title="http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-aleppo-hospital-smokescreen-covering-up-al-qaeda-massacres-in-syria-once-again/5524250" href="http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-aleppo-hospital-smokescreen-covering-up-al-qaeda-massacres-in-syria-once-again/5524250" target="_blank">in this article</a>.</p>
  223. <p>Also central to the lies were the <a title="http://dissidentvoice.org/2016/05/about-bias-and-propaganda-on-syria/" href="http://dissidentvoice.org/2016/05/about-bias-and-propaganda-on-syria/" target="_blank">bias and propaganda</a> of the very partial, <a title="http://www.activistpost.com/2016/05/a-tale-of-two-hospitals-potentially-fabricated-bombing-incident-vs-open-terrorist-targeting-of-facilities-in-aleppo.html" href="http://www.activistpost.com/2016/05/a-tale-of-two-hospitals-potentially-fabricated-bombing-incident-vs-open-terrorist-targeting-of-facilities-in-aleppo.html" target="_blank">corporate-financed Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF)</a>, which supports areas in Syria controlled by terrorists, specifically Jabhat al-Nusra (whose failed <a title="http://www.globalresearch.ca/moderates-fighting-under-re-branded-nusra-means-theyre-al-qaeda-too/5540176" href="http://www.globalresearch.ca/moderates-fighting-under-re-branded-nusra-means-theyre-al-qaeda-too/5540176" target="_blank">attempt at re-branding with a new name</a> &#8211; Jabhat Fatha al-Sham – does not negate its ties to Al-Qaeda nor erase their crimes).</p>
  224. <p>The next, related, question for the doctors was: If government-secured Aleppo has 180 pediatricians, how many doctors in total are still working there? Lying media have for months claimed the number of doctors are dwindling, including even a late July propaganda piece in <a title="https://theintercept.com/2016/07/28/as-the-syrian-government-tightens-its-noose-aleppos-doctors-fear-the-worst/?comments=1#comments" href="https://theintercept.com/2016/07/28/as-the-syrian-government-tightens-its-noose-aleppos-doctors-fear-the-worst/?comments=1#comments" target="_blank"><em>The Intercept</em></a> which asserted that “the number of doctors in Aleppo City has plummeted into the low dozens. The number of remaining medical specialists is even smaller.”</p>
  225. <p>Yet, according to Dr. Zahar Buttal, until now there are 4,160 doctors registered and active in Aleppo city, in the government-secured areas of over 1.5 million people. Of the 4,160 doctors, 200 have been newly registered since the beginning of this year.</p>
  226. <p>As for the media claims of a lack of specialists in Aleppo, in addition to the 180 mentioned pediatricians, there are of course many more <a title="http://aleppodoctors.org/ar/doctors" href="http://aleppodoctors.org/ar/doctors" target="_blank">specialists in Aleppo</a>. According to the Aleppo Medical Association’s Dr. Zahar, specialists still practicing in the city include:</p>
  227. <ul>
  228. <li>30 cardiovascular surgeons</li>
  229. <li>214 general surgeons</li>
  230. <li>112 orthopedists</li>
  231. <li>11 pulmonologists</li>
  232. <li>12 neurologists</li>
  233. <li>8 neurosurgeons</li>
  234. <li>250 obstetricians/gynecologists</li>
  235. <li>15 gastroenterologists</li>
  236. </ul>
  237. <p>Dr. Nabil Antaki, himself a gastroenterologist, is one of a group of 15 specialist doctors which, since late 2012, have volunteered their services, treating in private hospitals (with the most minimal equipment and medical fees possible) upwards of 500 civilians severely injured by terrorist bombings, needing specialist care and often life-support. Specialists in his group alone include: three general surgeons, one heart surgeon, one neurosurgeon, two orthopedic surgeons, and three anesthesiologists.</p>
  238. <p>Dr. Antaki has been outspoken about the western media lies on Aleppo. When the <a title="http://21stcenturywire.com/2016/05/03/syria-aleppoisburning-campaign-created-by-us-and-nato-to-facilitate-a-no-bomb-zone/" href="http://21stcenturywire.com/2016/05/03/syria-aleppoisburning-campaign-created-by-us-and-nato-to-facilitate-a-no-bomb-zone/" target="_blank">western-created “Aleppo is Burning” campaign</a> took flight in late April – the exact time when western-backed terrorists increased their daily bombing of Aleppo to severe bombardments – Dr. Antaki, seeing the worst of the casualties and bombings, <a title="http://21stcenturywire.com/2016/05/01/exclusive-aleppo-doctor-attacks-western-media-for-bias-censorship-and-lies/" href="http://21stcenturywire.com/2016/05/01/exclusive-aleppo-doctor-attacks-western-media-for-bias-censorship-and-lies/" target="_blank">spoke out</a>.</p>
  239. <p>When I met him in July 2016, Dr. Antaki continued to be vocal about the media manipulations and fragrant lies about the reality on the ground in Aleppo.</p>
  240. <blockquote><p><strong>“All of the campaigns which were launched by the western media concerned the east part of Aleppo, which is the part controlled by the ‘rebels’.</strong> All the media reported that the people there are suffering, the buildings are destroyed and that the Syrian government are doing ‘war crimes’. But, what we are receiving in the part controlled by the Syrian government is much worse than in the east part. Nobody speaks about what is happening in the western part of Aleppo.<strong>There are not only tens of mortars every day which fell on the western part of Aleppo, but hundreds, and every day we have hundreds killed or wounded. And nobody spoke about it. </strong>When the media spoke about one supposed hospital destroyed in the eastern part, one week after, the main maternity hospital in Aleppo was hit by bombs sent by the ‘rebels’, and women were killed, and nobody spoke about this.”</p></blockquote>
  241. <p>Aleppo’s Dr. Tony Sayegh has also <a title="http://www.globalresearch.ca/aleppo-has-been-under-fire-by-terrorists-for-four-years-they-got-orders-from-outside/5527972" href="http://www.globalresearch.ca/aleppo-has-been-under-fire-by-terrorists-for-four-years-they-got-orders-from-outside/5527972" target="_blank">been vocal about</a> the blatant media bias on Aleppo. In July, regarding the Quds hospital and related propaganda, Dr. Sayegh told me:</p>
  242. <blockquote><p>This hospital, in the Sukkari district, they made a big propaganda about it, ‘the last doctor in that area,’ which is absolutely wrong. The government has doctors working in that area who get their salaries from the government, even though the area is controlled by terrorists. For the government, all areas and and their inhabitants are Syrians. Areas where there are terrorists, like al-Manbij, like al-Bab, in all those areas there are many doctors working with the health ministry, and they take their salaries from the health ministry.</p></blockquote>
  243. <p>Aleppo’s Over Ten Thousand Dead and Maimed Absent From Corporate Headlines</p>
  244. <p>Dr. Nabil Antaki gave the following overview of life for the civilians of government-secured Aleppo, from mid-2012 until our July meeting.</p>
  245. <blockquote><p><strong>Since July 2012, the main area of Aleppo receives every day mortars, bombs and gas canisters, sent by the ‘rebels’ on the civilians living in Aleppo.</strong> Here you have human damage more than there, but less physical destruction, because here we are receiving mortars and gas canister bombs. If a mortar hits the building, it might make a hole the size of a window, but also kill five people at once. In the part of Aleppo under the government control, every day we have dozens of injured and killed.</p></blockquote>
  246. <p>In late April 2016, terrorists in the occupied eastern quarters of Aleppo, as well as then-occupied Beni Zaid and neighbouring districts, increased their normal bombing campaigns of mortars, gas canister explosives (from household to the the largest size canisters, stuffed with glass, bearings, metal shrapnel), explosive bullets, and powerful foreign-supplied rockets to from high-tens to over one hundred per day on the heavily-populated areas of Aleppo secured by the Syrian state.</p>
  247. <p>Of the heightened bombardment, Dr. Nabil Antaki <a title="http://ahtribune.com/in-depth/1093-life-in-syria.html" href="http://ahtribune.com/in-depth/1093-life-in-syria.html" target="_blank">told me</a>:</p>
  248. <blockquote><p>Usually you don’t have just one mortar, you have a rain of mortars: ten, twenty, thirty, and more in a few hours. Many people are wounded at the same time. When ambulances bring people to the public hospital, maybe twenty or thirty people arrive at the same time. The public hospitals lack enough medical staff and equipment. So if you have ten severely wounded persons arriving at the same time at the public hospital, by the time care comes, a victim has time to die.</p></blockquote>
  249. <p>In his Aleppo Medical Association office, Dr. Zaher Buttal read from his diary statistics on the late April/early May terrorists’ bombardment campaign:</p>
  250. <ul>
  251. <li>April 23<sup>rd</sup>: 81 martyrs, 30 wounded.</li>
  252. <li>April 28<sup>th</sup> &amp; 29<sup>th</sup>: Bloodiest days. 31 martyrs, 75 wounded **<em>initial numbers only</em>.</li>
  253. <li>From April 23<sup>rd</sup>-30<sup>th</sup>: 120 martyrs, over 800 wounded.</li>
  254. <li>May 3<sup>rd</sup>: 25 martyrs, 100 wounded (including 3 women killed in the al-Dabeet maternity hospital explosion).</li>
  255. </ul>
  256. <div>
  257. <p><a title="© Eva Bartlett" href="https://www.sott.net/image/s16/337591/full/dabeet5.jpg" target="_blank" rel="ibox&amp;ignore_target=true"><img title="Click to enlarge" src="https://www.sott.net/image/s16/337591/large/dabeet5.jpg" alt="" border="0" /></a></p>
  258. <div style="text-align:center;">© Eva Bartlett: <em>Dr. Dabeet showing me images of the Western-backed terrorist attack on the maternity hospital named after him</em></div>
  259. <div></div>
  260. </div>
  261. <p>Although the Aleppo Medical Association documented the daily number of killed and injured by this increased bombing campaign, and although the areas attacked included a number of registered Aleppo hospitals, corporate media and Wall Street-backed “human rights groups” in their Turkish-based, or further-removed, reporting on Aleppo preferred to cite “unnamed activists” and al-Qaeda-in-Syria “White Helmets” actors.</p>
  262. <p>Like many (if not most) Aleppo residents, Dr. Zaher Buttal has never heard of the White Helmets. The fact that the head of the Medical Association is not aware of this group purporting to be rescuing civilians in Aleppo highlights the reality that they work solely in terrorist-occupied areas and for the terrorists themselves. For more information on the terrorist-propaganda group that is known as the “White Helmets,” see <a title="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aAaReVn2I4" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aAaReVn2I4" target="_blank">this video</a> and <a title="http://21stcenturywire.com/2016/06/21/who-are-the-syria-white-helmets/" href="http://21stcenturywire.com/2016/06/21/who-are-the-syria-white-helmets/" target="_blank">this article</a>.</p>
  263. <h3>Other Pro-Terrorist Propaganda</h3>
  264. <p>The same July 2016 <em>Intercept</em> article which promoted the lone-doctor narrative also neglected to mention that a hospital they cite is in fact a hospital not only long-established but also belonging to a volunteer association headed by Syria’s Grand Mufti, Dr. Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun.</p>
  265. <p>The <em>Intercept</em> <a title="https://theintercept.com/2016/07/28/as-the-syrian-government-tightens-its-noose-aleppos-doctors-fear-the-worst/?comments=1#comments" href="https://theintercept.com/2016/07/28/as-the-syrian-government-tightens-its-noose-aleppos-doctors-fear-the-worst/?comments=1#comments" target="_blank">article read</a>: “Almouslem’s hospital, Omar Ibn Abdel Aziz, has long been the only functioning medical facility in its pocket of eastern Aleppo City.”</p>
  266. <p>In a mid-July and then an August 11<sup>th </sup>meeting with Mufti Hassoun in Damascus, he explained that the organization (The Association of Raising the Standard of Health and Social Status) of which he is Director had two hospitals and ten clinics daily giving medical care for free to up to 1500 of Aleppo’s poorest. One of these hospitals was the mentioned Omar Ibn Abdul Aziz hospital. It had three operating rooms, an MRI, nine dialysis machines, 12 incubators, and 50 beds. It is now controlled by terrorists who, Mufit Hassoun said, further mounted machine guns on the hospital’s three ambulances. The humanitarianism of western-backed so-called “moderate” “rebels”.</p>
  267. <p>Mufti Hassoun explained:</p>
  268. <blockquote><p>In 1985 we started construction of the hospital, and in 1992 the hospital started operating. We treated for free over 400 patients daily, people from a very poor neighbourhood.</p>
  269. <p>When the terrorists took over the hospital, <strong>they evicted the doctors, and killed three of the nurses and more than ten of the patients</strong>. The media say that MSF is supporting the hospital, <strong>but they are using it like a field hospital to treat terrorists.</strong> <strong>This is the hospital that we built with our own hands, and now they lie and say that it’s their own hospital.</strong></p></blockquote>
  270. <p>Halfway through <a title="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkDOs2QpMQI&amp;feature=youtu.be" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkDOs2QpMQI&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">a video</a> which the <em>Intercept</em> piece links to, who should appear but the war-propagandizing White Helmets – who only work in terrorist-occupied areas. This is the evidence the <em>Intercept</em> presents, along with a UN report lacking sources for its assertions. The UN has no physical presence in terrorist-occupied eastern Aleppo and, like lying media and NGOs, relies on “unnamed activists” and the SOHR-type sources for their statistics.</p>
  271. <p>Brazenly, <a title="https://7al.me/لماذا-حل؟/" href="https://7al.me/%D9%84%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%B0%D8%A7-%D8%AD%D9%84%D8%9F/" target="_blank">Al-Hel online media stole a photo</a> from the Aleppo Medical Association, claiming it depicted doctors in terrorist-occupied eastern Aleppo: “Aleppo doctors are demanding an end to the bombing of the regime … and describe the situation as ‘a humanitarian catastrophe’.”</p>
  272. <p>The equally war-propagandistic Facebook page, Syria Breaking, <a title="https://www.facebook.com/syria.breaking/posts/984229225036712?comment_id=984970538295914&amp;notif_t=like&amp;notif_id=1469699785530725" href="https://www.facebook.com/syria.breaking/posts/984229225036712?comment_id=984970538295914&amp;notif_t=like&amp;notif_id=1469699785530725" target="_blank">shared the stolen-photo</a> and Al-Hel article, adding its own lies:</p>
  273. <blockquote><p>There are now in the eastern part of the city of <a title="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/aleppo?source=feed_text" href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/aleppo?source=feed_text" target="_blank">‪#‎Aleppo</a>, no fewer than 300 thousand people, there are only 30 doctors in five hospitals to serve them.</p></blockquote>
  274. <p>The photo in question was in fact from a May 6<sup>th </sup>protest (<a title="https://www.facebook.com/Aleppodoctors.org/photos/?tab=album&amp;album_id=1174868069211596" href="https://www.facebook.com/Aleppodoctors.org/photos/?tab=album&amp;album_id=1174868069211596" target="_blank">photos here</a>) organized by the Aleppo Medical Association outside of the destroyed al-Dabeet maternity hospital, gutted on May 3<sup>rd </sup>by a terrorist rocket. According to Dr. Zaher Buttal, more than 150 doctors attended the demonstration.</p>
  275. <p>The protest came following the weeks of carnage from terrorists’ relentless bombardment of civilian areas all over government-secured Aleppo – including numerous hospitals – and was, Dr. Buttal said, both in anger at the terrorists’ targeting of hospitals in Aleppo and also to show the world that, contrary to media lies, Aleppo does have doctors.</p>
  276. <p>Of the signs doctors held, Professor Tim Anderson <a title="http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-aleppo-hospital-smokescreen-covering-up-al-qaeda-massacres-in-syria-once-again/5524250" href="http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-aleppo-hospital-smokescreen-covering-up-al-qaeda-massacres-in-syria-once-again/5524250" target="_blank">wrote</a>:</p>
  277. <blockquote><p>Their signs – in English, Italian and German as well as Arabic – read: ‘Syrian Arab Army represents me’, ‘Long live Syria, long live Aleppo’, ‘Terrorists are killing our children’, ‘Armed opposition is destroying our civilisation’, ‘No for armed opposition’.</p></blockquote>
  278. <p>From the terrorists’ May 3<sup>rd </sup>bombings, a rocket landed on a parked car right next to the al-Dabeet maternity hospital, causing a massive explosion which gutted the hospital interior, severely damaged the exterior, and burned the two cars parked behind it. Footage from a nearby building’s security camera shows the rocket and subsequent massive explosion occurred at 9:36 am, May 3<sup>rd</sup>.</p>
  279. <p><img data-attachment-id="21432" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/video-war-on-syria-manufactured-revolution-and-fake-media-narrative/dabeet/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/dabeet.png?w=620" data-orig-size="520,385" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="dabeet" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/dabeet.png?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/dabeet.png?w=620?w=520" class=" size-full wp-image-21432 aligncenter" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/dabeet.png?w=620" alt="dabeet" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/dabeet.png 520w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/dabeet.png?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/dabeet.png?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 520px) 100vw, 520px"   /></p>
  280. <div>
  281. <div style="text-align:center;"><em>A Western-backed terrorist rocket explodes outside Dabeet Maternity hospital in Aleppo</em></div>
  282. <div style="text-align:center;"></div>
  283. </div>
  284. <p>While <a title="http://sana.sy/en/?p=76237" href="http://sana.sy/en/?p=76237" target="_blank">initial reports said</a> 16 civilians were killed in the May 3<sup>rd</sup> terrorist bombings, by the time the wounded had succumbed to their severe injuries, 25 people were killed and over 100 injured, according to the medical association’s Dr. Zaher Buttal. The three women killed were in the al-Dabeet hospital reception at the time, said Dr. Dabeet. One of the injured included a 28-week-pregnant woman who survived the loss of long sections of her intestine due to shrapnel injuries.</p>
  285. <p>The operating room was destroyed, along with patient rooms, five of ten incubators (the other five needing repair), and much of his equipment.</p>
  286. <p>One week later the maternity hospital was again hit by a terrorist-fired mortar, destroying the roof and injuring construction workers there, according to Dr. Dabeet.</p>
  287. <div>
  288. <p style="text-align:center;"><a title="© Eva Bartlett" href="https://www.sott.net/image/s16/337590/full/dabeet3.jpg" target="_blank" rel="ibox&amp;ignore_target=true"><img class=" aligncenter" title="Click to enlarge" src="https://www.sott.net/image/s16/337590/large/dabeet3.jpg" alt="" border="0" /></a>© Eva Bartlett: <em>Dabeet Maternity hospital after it suffered a direct hit from Western-backed terrorists in Aleppo.</em></p>
  289. </div>
  290. <p>According to Dr. Zaher Buttal, other hospitals hit include the <a title="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afEd5HBb-ik" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afEd5HBb-ik" target="_blank">Ibn Rashd hospital</a>, with a mortar hitting the top floor, the Arab Medicine hospital, and the perimeter of the Razi hospital.</p>
  291. <h3>Starving, Besieged Civilians? Liberated Areas Ignored</h3>
  292. <p>While terrorists’ bombings and sniping attacks have been the most pressing issues in Aleppo in the past few months, other crises since 2012 have been those of water and electricity shortages, as well as the terrorist-blockades suffered by the population in government-secured Aleppo, cutting off food, fuel and medicine to the city.</p>
  293. <p>The already risky Ramouseh road which I took into Aleppo in early July was recently assaulted by terrorist snipers and shelling, and has been closed to prevent civilian fatalities. <strong>This sole road leading into Aleppo closed, terrorist actions have again cut the lifeline for the over 1.5 million people inside. In July, Dr. Nabil Antaki explained how terrorists themselves closed the road many times in the past, and the dire effects of doing so.</strong></p>
  294. <blockquote><p>Because the ‘rebels’ control the main roads around Aleppo, Aleppo has suffered blockades, sometimes for a few days and other times for many, many weeks. During those many weeks, nothing was able to enter Aleppo: no food, no vegetables, no fruits, no gas, no medical equipment, no drugs… the people of Aleppo suffered a lot.</p>
  295. <p><strong>The water supply has been cut by ‘rebels’, because the main water stations are in ‘rebel’ areas. Many times they cut the water for weeks or months</strong>. So for three years, we had to use the water of wells — we now have in Aleppo 300 wells which we had to use to provide water for the 1.5 million persons living in Aleppo under the Syrian state.</p>
  296. <p>In addition, we don’t have power supply, because the electricity generator and power supply are in the ‘rebel’ portion of Aleppo, and they cut the supply. That’s why people have private subscription to 1 or 2 amperes, just to have 1 or 2 or 3 bulbs during the night. They have to pay very expensive prices just to have this. The people of Aleppo are truly suffering.</p></blockquote>
  297. <p>Mustapha Melhis of Aleppo’s water authority <a title="http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/iw/contents/articles/originals/2015/08/turkey-syria-other-shatters-stereotypes-residents-defy-image.html" href="http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/iw/contents/articles/originals/2015/08/turkey-syria-other-shatters-stereotypes-residents-defy-image.html" target="_blank">explained in July 2015</a>:</p>
  298. <blockquote><p>Our water reservoirs are 90 kilometers [56 miles] away, in Hafsa, a region held by IS [Islamic State]. In May, they cut the amount of water [supplied] by half….</p>
  299. <p>The second aspect of the problem is distribution. The water pumped by IS flows to the Suleiman Halabi and Bab al-Nairab stations here [in Aleppo]. Both areas are controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra, and they are using the water as a weapon to impose their demands.</p></blockquote>
  300. <p>In the same article, Aleppo Governor Mohammad Marwan Olabi said:</p>
  301. <blockquote><p>The power plants are outside the city. Terrorists control two areas from where electricity lines to Aleppo pass. Whenever they want to put pressure on Aleppo, they cut the electricity. And when electricity is gone, the water supply is cut off as well.</p></blockquote>
  302. <p>Corporate media have largely ignored these very real crises, and instead manufacture (regarding terrorist-held eastern Aleppo) the same types of propaganda campaigns of “starving civilians” which earlier flooded social media and were endorsed by dubious NGOs, like <a title="http://dissidentvoice.org/2016/01/propaganda-alert-madaya-media-fabrications-recycled-photos/" href="http://dissidentvoice.org/2016/01/propaganda-alert-madaya-media-fabrications-recycled-photos/" target="_blank">those on Madaya</a> and Yarmouk. <strong>In all cases, no mention is made of the fact that the population in the area includes terrorist factions or why there is any lack of supplies (because of the terrorist factions).</strong></p>
  303. <p>As with Madaya and Yarmouk, when residents of the terrorist-inhabited regions do manage to speak to media, inevitably <a title="https://www.facebook.com/United.Syrian.Republic/videos/1747947308772762/?fref=nf" href="https://www.facebook.com/United.Syrian.Republic/videos/1747947308772762/?fref=nf" target="_blank">they speak of</a> terrorists stealing food supplies, hoarding goods and selling them at extortionist rates, and preventing residents from leaving to safer areas.</p>
  304. <p>On July 28, the Syrian Arab Army <a title="http://english.almanar.com.lb/adetails.php?fromval=1&amp;cid=&amp;frid=&amp;eid=280036" href="http://english.almanar.com.lb/adetails.php?fromval=1&amp;cid=&amp;frid=&amp;eid=280036" target="_blank">fully secured the Bani Zaid</a> and <a title="http://en.alalam.ir/news/1843963" href="http://en.alalam.ir/news/1843963" target="_blank">Lairamoun</a> northern neighbourhoods of Aleppo city, liberating them from the western-backed mercenaries who occupied the districts since October 2012.</p>
  305. <p>Civilians who had remained in Bani Zaid <a title="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIr9gRWq8EU&amp;feature=youtu.be" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIr9gRWq8EU&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">spoke of</a> the terrorists’ firing of gas canister and other bombs on the civilians of neighbouring government-secured Aleppo districts. Western corporate media largely ignored this significant liberation and the jubilation of liberated residents.</p>
  306. <p>On the same day, President al-Assad <a title="http://sana.sy/en/?p=83828" href="http://sana.sy/en/?p=83828" target="_blank">issued a decree granting amnesty</a> to Syrians who laid down their weapons and reconciled with the state.</p>
  307. <p>When the Syrian-Russian coordinated <a title="https://www.rt.com/news/354033-syria-aleppo-humanitarian-corridors/" href="https://www.rt.com/news/354033-syria-aleppo-humanitarian-corridors/" target="_blank">humanitarian corridors opened</a> in eastern Aleppo in late July, reports soon after emerged of <a title="http://www.geopolmonitor.com/militants-ban-civilians-from-leaving-aleppo/" href="http://www.geopolmonitor.com/militants-ban-civilians-from-leaving-aleppo/" target="_blank">terrorists preventing residents</a> from leaving, including <a title="https://www.rt.com/news/354817-terrorists-execute-aleppo-civilians/" href="https://www.rt.com/news/354817-terrorists-execute-aleppo-civilians/" target="_blank">assassinating residents</a> who attempted to leave. When some residents from these areas did manage to evacuate, <a title="https://www.facebook.com/handsoffsyria/videos/1043431072436967/" href="https://www.facebook.com/handsoffsyria/videos/1043431072436967/" target="_blank">testimonies showed them</a> thanking the government for providing the basics and cursing the terrorists for having stolen from them, abused residents, and in many cases killed their loved ones.</p>
  308. <p>Russia Today <a title="https://www.rt.com/news/354033-syria-aleppo-humanitarian-corridors/" href="https://www.rt.com/news/354033-syria-aleppo-humanitarian-corridors/" target="_blank">interviewed</a> evacuees who likewise did not praise the west’s so-called “rebels” but spoke of the hell civilians endured under terrorist occupation.</p>
  309. <p><em><strong>“</strong></em><em><strong>We left with our remaining children. May God punish the rebels. They did not allow us to leave, they deprived us of gas, water, electricity and bread. We were not allowed to leave. There were no medicines. They used to tell us you live with us or die with us,”</strong></em> one woman said.</p>
  310. <h3>Attacks On Aleppo Continue, To Media Silence</h3>
  311. <p>“For three days after the liberation of Bani Zaid, it was very quiet in Aleppo. People were happy, there were no more mortars. Suddenly, yesterday, the terrorists started sending mortars and rockets on Aleppo again, especially on Hamdaniya where thousands of displaced people live. So people are leaving this neighbourhood to find another place,” Dr. Nabil Antaki told me on August 1<sup>st </sup>.</p>
  312. <p>In a phone call on August 10<sup>th</sup>, Dr. Zaher Buttal updated that since July 30<sup>th</sup>, terrorist bombings had killed 30 civilians in Aleppo, and wounded hundreds. By August 11<sup>th</sup> , Dr. Buttal said another 16 civilians in Hamadaniya, Aleppo, had been killed by terrorists’ missiles, another 45 wounded.</p>
  313. <blockquote><p>Today there was supposed to be a truce between 10 am and 1 pm. <strong>Terrorists ignored this</strong> and again bombarded Hamadaniya neighbourhood.</p></blockquote>
  314. <p>Both Dr. Buttal and truth-based media have <a title="http://sana.sy/en/?p=84234" href="http://sana.sy/en/?p=84234" target="_blank">reported</a> that terrorists used toxic gas in their bombardment of civilian areas of Aleppo.</p>
  315. <p>The Western corporate media and NGO complex, on the other hand, continue to talk about imaginary “last doctors” in Aleppo, while ignoring the very real suffering of over 1.5 million Syrians in government-secured Aleppo, as well as the doctors who are treating them. This is hardly surprising given that, from the very beginning, the corporate media has toed the NATO agenda on Syria, which is to <a title="http://dissidentvoice.org/2015/10/deconstructing-the-nato-narrative-on-syria/" href="http://dissidentvoice.org/2015/10/deconstructing-the-nato-narrative-on-syria/" target="_blank">manufacture every imaginable lie</a> and accusation against the Syrian government, the Syrian Arab Army, and the people themselves, in order to chase the NATO-GCC-Zionist-Turkish dream of imposing a puppet government in Syria. They have failed.</p>
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  320. <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/scott.wardinsky/posts/10212552252947551?pnref=story" target="_blank">Scott Wardinsky</a>:</p>
  321. <p>&#8220;One of the most refreshing and important aspects of <a id="js_6b" class="profileLink" href="https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva">Eva Karene Bartlett</a>&#8216;s investigative journalism in Syria is the fact that she does not regurgitate corporate approved, scripted talking points. She gives us reporting in plain, easy to understand English, based on her experiences on the ground throughout many areas of Syria, often from first hand testimonies of average Syrians, and not the &#8220;unnamed activists&#8221; that western media cites from the comfort of their offices in London, New York, and DC. As a result of her fearless, and consistent reporting of the truth, the corporate just committed to resume change in that country have been on a relentless campaign to smear and discredit her. Listen to her here and decide for yourself.:</p>
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  332. <div class="_1mf _1mj">&#8220;I was happy to attend your presentation in Montreal. It seems wrong to say I enjoyed it since it is hard to enjoy seeing pictures of a country being destroyed so I will say instead that it was very informative and interesting. I was expecting 40 or 50 people to be there so was surprised to see so many. While I was not very impressed by the opinions and behaviour of the 2 journalists who showed up, at first I thought at least they came unlike the English Montreal media but when I read Gruda&#8217;s article about you I was pretty shocked about what she wrote. She did not even accurately report the number of people there and what percentage were Syrian. I listened to Syrians beg her and her sister to tell the truth about Syria and I as much as I distrust our media I was shocked at the level of her deception.&#8221;</div>
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  385. <title>How We Were Misled About Syria: Channel 4 News</title>
  386. <link>https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/how-we-were-misled-about-syria-channel-4-news/</link>
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  388. <pubDate>Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:23:48 +0000</pubDate>
  389. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
  390. <category><![CDATA[Syria]]></category>
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  393. <description><![CDATA[Originally posted on <a href="https://timhayward.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/how-we-were-misled-about-syria-channel-4-news">Tim Hayward</a>: <br />Difficulties faced news organisations attempting to cover events in the war in Syria, particularly in the eastern part of Aleppo when under siege. Western journalists had stopped even trying to enter that area for fear of being kidnapped, or worse, at the hands of one or other of the armed&#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=21376&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  394. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<div class="wpcom-reblog-snapshot"><div class="reblogger-note"><div class='reblogger-note-content'><blockquote><p>Reblogged from Prof. Tim Hayward. Also strongly recommend his:</p>
  395. <p>-Amnesty International on Syria – at it again!<br />
  396. <a href="https://timhayward.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/amnesty-international-on-syria-at-it-again/" rel="nofollow">https://timhayward.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/amnesty-international-on-syria-at-it-again/</a></p>
  397. <p>-How We Were Misled About Syria: Amnesty International<br />
  398. <a href="https://timhayward.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/amnesty-internationals-war-crimes-in-syria/" rel="nofollow">https://timhayward.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/amnesty-internationals-war-crimes-in-syria/</a></p>
  399. </blockquote></div></div><div class="reblog-post"><p class="reblog-from"><img alt='' src='https://0.gravatar.com/avatar/65da6a2a6ac2fd50185333932c532424?s=32&#038;d=https%3A%2F%2Fs0.wp.com%2Fi%2Fmu.gif' class='avatar avatar-32' height='32' width='32' /><a href="https://timhayward.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/how-we-were-misled-about-syria-channel-4-news">Tim Hayward</a></p><div class="reblogged-content">
  400. <p>Difficulties faced news organisations attempting to cover events in the war in Syria, particularly in the eastern part of Aleppo when under siege. <strong>Western journalists had stopped even trying to enter that area for fear of being kidnapped, or worse</strong>, at the hands of one or other of the armed factions holding the area. International relief agencies and NGO’s were not to be found on the ground either, for the same reasons.</p>
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  402. <p><strong>This is one of the two main problems for media coverage of Syria that Eva Bartlett highlighted</strong> at a UN press conference in November 2016 when talking about her first hand experience of conditions in Aleppo.<a href="#_ftn1">[1]</a> Asked by a journalist from a mainstream publication why she seemed to be challenging ‘all these absolutely documentable facts that we’ve seen from the ground’, she pointed out that he was referring to a hearsay narrative, not facts, because <em>‘sources…</em></p>
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  431. <description><![CDATA[*In the old city of Homs, June 2014, speaking with Zeinat and Aymen al-Akhras who endured years of hell under the rule of militant factions. In May 2014, an agreement saw the reportedly 1,200 militants bussed out of Homs (as recently happened in Aleppo), bringing peace to the neighbourhoods they&#8217;d occupied and terrorized. Excerpt from [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=20990&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
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  433. <span style="color:#000000;"> *<em>In the old city of Homs, June 2014, speaking with Zeinat and Aymen al-Akhras who endured years of hell under the rule of militant factions. In May 2014, an agreement saw the reportedly 1,200 militants bussed out of Homs (as recently happened in Aleppo), bringing peace to the neighbourhoods they&#8217;d occupied and terrorized. Excerpt from my article on this visit and interviewing residents of the old city of Homs: “I dropped to 34 kilos. Aymen told me to weigh myself. I got on the scale and said, ‘What’s 34 kilos?’. A ten-year-old weighs more than that! And Aymen was 43 kilos. For a man, 43 kilos&#8230;”</em></span><br />
  434. <span style="color:#000000;"> <em> “We were twelve siblings with eight houses in the area, and the family house. We all had stores of food.”</em></span><br />
  435. <span style="color:#000000;"> <em> “Thirty-eight times they came to steal our food. The first couple of times, they knocked on the door, after that they just entered with guns. The last things they took were our dried peas, our cracked wheat, our olives, finally our za’atar (wild thyme). We started to eat grass and whatever greens we could find in February, 2014, and that’s all we had till Homs was liberated,”&#8211;Zeinat al-Akhras. Read: <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/liberated-homs-residents-challenge-notion-of-revolution/" target="_blank">Liberated Homs Residents Challenge Notion of “Revolution”</a></em></span></p>
  436. <h3></h3>
  437. <h3><span style="color:#000000;">Russian Propagandists?</span></h3>
  438. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Since it is a theme that those who report differently than the MSM war propaganda on Syria must therefore work for either/both Syria or Russia, I&#8217;ll address that in this brief post, drawing on some interviews and related material, since I continue to be incredibly busy.</span></p>
  439. <h4><span style="color:#000000;">Some excerpts from: <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.rt.com/op-edge/370618-syria-sources-bartlett-rt/" target="_blank">‘If I write in line with Russian media, it’s because we both tell the truth’</a> – Eva Bartlett to RT, 17 Dec, 2016, RT</span></h4>
  440. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“<em>Some people have taken issue with the things I said because I was basically criticizing much of the corporate media reporting on Syria, and instead of actually digesting what I said and criticizing the details of what I said, people have gone to the usual tactic of trying to smear who I am and imply that I am an agent of either or both Syria and Russia,”</em> Bartlett said, adding that it’s been openly implied she is on the payroll of the Syrian and Russian governments. The fact that she is an active contributor to RT’s op-edge section has also been jumped all over.</span></p>
  441. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“<em>The fact that I do contribute to the RT op-edge section apparently, in some people’s eyes, makes me compromised. I began contributing to the RT op-edge section when I lived in Gaza, and this was not an issue for people who then appreciated my writing,”</em> she stated.</span></p>
  442. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“<em>What I am writing, and what I’m reporting, and who I am citing are Syrian civilians whom I’ve encountered in Syria.</em></span></p>
  443. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><em>“If people do not wish to hear the voices of Syrian civilians and if they want to maintain their narrative which is in line with the NATO narrative – which is in line with destabilizing Syria and vilifying the government of Syria and ignoring the overwhelming wishes of the people of Syria – then they do this by accusing me of spreading propaganda,</em>” the journalist stressed.</span></p>
  444. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“<em>The fact that my writing is in line with the Syrian people… in some respect aligns with Russian media reports, does not mean that I’m reporting Russian propaganda, and it does not mean that what Russian media is reporting is propaganda. It happened to be that I report the truth as I see it on the ground, and some Russian media happen to report the truth as they see it on the ground.</em></span></p>
  445. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><em>“Why do we not see these accusations when a BBC journalist goes to Syria and reports what I often believe to be not the full story? Why are they not accused of working for the State of England? Why are Al Jazeera journalists not accused of working for Qatar?”</em></span></p>
  446. <h3><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>My Related Comments:<br />
  447. </strong></span></h3>
  448. <p><span style="color:#000000;">*Please note, I <strong>do not have &#8216;my own blog&#8217;</strong> on RT, as written in the RT overview of an interview I gave to the site (and as also alleged by a factually-challenged &#8216;fact check&#8217; by Channel 4 News, the debunking of which will be out soon). In fact, the RT disclaimer at the bottom of Op-Edge contributions is clear: <strong>&#8220;The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.&#8221; How did the fact checkers at Channel 4 miss that?<br />
  449. </strong></span><br />
  450. <span id="more-20990"></span><br />
  451. <span style="color:#000000;">Since April 2013, I have contributed <strong>a <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.rt.com/op-edge/authors/eva-bartlett/" target="_blank">total of 8 opinion pieces</a> to RT&#8217;s Op-Edge section (3 of which were from or on Gaza, Occupied Palestine)</strong>, an RT section which contains writings from <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.rt.com/op-edge/authors/" target="_blank">over 70 authors.</a></span></p>
  452. <p><span style="color:#000000;">8 articles in a period of nearly 4 years, that&#8217;s not exactly &#8220;active&#8221; writing dedicated to RT. Take a look at some of the other authors who are indeed very active.  In fact, to the claims that any of my writing is opportunism, wouldn&#8217;t one expect me to thus direct most of my articles to RT and get paid something (nothing compared to BBC, NYTimes or other fake news journalists), rather than instead directing my articles to a variety of lesser or not at all paying sources? I have no qualms about my scant contribution of opinion pieces to RT, but to paint me as &#8216;working&#8217; for RT is a fact-checking error, one which I believe to be intentional.<br />
  453. </span></p>
  454. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Further, <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.rt.com/op-edge/authors/john-pilger/" target="_blank"><span class="text_exposed_show">Dr. Helen Caldicott and William Engdahl </span>also contribute</a> to RT Op-Edge. Will Channel 4 and other smear sites now claim they are working for Russia?</span></p>
  455. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Thus, I am not &#8217;employed by&#8217; RT, I contribute sporadically to RT, as well as more regularly to a host of independent media (21st Century Wire, SOTT.net, MintPressNews, Dissident Voice, and formerly: Al Akhbar English, American Herald Tribune, Zero Anthropology, and others). </span></p>
  456. <p><span style="color:#000000;">If not already glaringly clear, the intention of such &#8216;fact-check&#8217; pieces is solely to discredit myself and others like me. And even though I strongly disagree with the lexicon of &#8216;civil war&#8217; and &#8216;rebels&#8217; frequently used in RT reports and commentaries,  RT has been one of the few English-language media outlets to consistently have journalists on the ground, risking their lives to report the realities MSM would not report. I would encourage people to follow RT&#8217;s reports on Syria.<em><br />
  457. </em></span></p>
  458. <h3><img data-attachment-id="21262" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/those-who-transmit-syrian-voices-are-russian-propagandists-monitors-of-fake-news-negate-syrian-suffering/10460727_687418844627141_7212818420073803069_n-3/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/10460727_687418844627141_7212818420073803069_n.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="720,540" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1402666552&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="10460727_687418844627141_7212818420073803069_n" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/10460727_687418844627141_7212818420073803069_n.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/10460727_687418844627141_7212818420073803069_n.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-21262" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/10460727_687418844627141_7212818420073803069_n.jpg?w=620" alt="10460727_687418844627141_7212818420073803069_n" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/10460727_687418844627141_7212818420073803069_n.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/10460727_687418844627141_7212818420073803069_n.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/10460727_687418844627141_7212818420073803069_n.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/10460727_687418844627141_7212818420073803069_n.jpg 720w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></h3>
  459. <p><span style="color:#000000;">*<em>From June 2014, old city of Homs, interviewing Nazim Kanawati, who knew and was a friend of Father Frans van der Lugt and who arrived moments after the 75-year-old priest had been shot in the back of the head. From <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/liberated-homs-residents-challenge-notion-of-revolution/" target="_blank">my article on this visit</a>: “Father Frans was a peace-maker and played an important role in arranging the evacuation of civilians from the Old City during the siege. He was trusted by both sides, and didn’t distinguish between Christians and Muslims. He was concerned with humanity.” Like Father Frans, Kanawati refused to leave Homs while others fled. “I didn’t want to leave, I’m a Syrian, I had the right to be there.”</em></span></p>
  460. <h3><img data-attachment-id="21293" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/those-who-transmit-syrian-voices-are-russian-propagandists-monitors-of-fake-news-negate-syrian-suffering/dscn5852/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5852.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="dscn5852" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5852.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5852.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-21293" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5852.jpg?w=620" alt="dscn5852" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5852.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5852.jpg?w=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5852.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5852.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5852.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5852.jpg?w=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></h3>
  461. <p><span style="color:#000000;">*<em>Entering Damascus neighbourhood by shared taxi from Beirut, Oct 2016.</em></span></p>
  462. <h3><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>On Funding:</strong></span></h3>
  463. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Addressing the smear-tactic accusations that I&#8217;m funded by either or both the Syrian and/or Russian governments, for the sake of time I&#8217;ll share excerpts from a social media post I wrote not long ago:</span></p>
  464. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Writing truth doesn&#8217;t pay. Independent sites which are courageous enough to host the truth usually cannot afford to pay more than $50/article, or often nothing at all. But for those who have principles and are not writing about Syria and related issues for profit, this is irrelevant.</span></p>
  465. <p><span style="color:#000000;">So the obvious question that hacks have assumed they know the answer to: how do people like myself and colleagues manage to exist, if not being paid ridiculously-well per article as some in corporate media, often writing lies, are.</span></p>
  466. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In order to go to Syria many times, I have either saved money slowly and when able traveled to the country, or I have publicly fundraised. I travel the cheapest means, always with long layovers and inconvenient routes, but ensuring airfare that is far cheaper than those in corporate media traveling to Syria. Then again, that&#8217;s me making an assumption: perhaps they also flew economy from North America to Dubai (much further east than destination Beirut), slept on the airport floor, traveled back west to Beirut, stayed in the cheapest closet-sized rooms in the city or outside where it is cheaper, and took a shared taxi to Damascus.<br />
  467. </span></p>
  468. <p><span style="color:#000000;">I&#8217;m aware of many colleagues like myself who live on the edge, sometimes down to the last dollars in their pockets until a meagre payment comes in for an article many hours/days worked on. Many I know have had to borrow money, as have I, in order to travel to Syria, or fundraise, or wait until we accumulate enough through writings and also the kind donations to our work by people who value it.</span></p>
  469. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><img data-attachment-id="21132" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/those-who-transmit-syrian-voices-are-russian-propagandists-monitors-of-fake-news-negate-syrian-suffering/castello/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/castello.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="960,738" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="castello" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/castello.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/castello.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-21132" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/castello.jpg?w=620" alt="castello" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/castello.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/castello.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/castello.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/castello.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/castello.jpg 960w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></span><br />
  470. <span style="color:#000000;"><em>*Castello road, shelled on Nov 4, 2016 by militants 7 times on humanitarian corridor day, twice while I was there.</em></span></p>
  471. <h3><span style="color:#000000;">Independents Only Go To Safe Areas of Syria?</span></h3>
  472. <p><span style="color:#000000;">This is another charge levied at independent journalists and others who go in solidarity to Syria to speak directly with Syrian people instead of getting the story from the one man UK-based &#8216;observatory&#8217;, the SOHR, or from lying corporate media whose propaganda has been debunked and&#8211;with the case of the BBC&#8211;which portrayed a <a href="http://landdestroyer.blogspot.ca/2012/05/bbc-deceitfully-posts-images-from-iraq.html" target="_blank">photo from Iraq alleging that</a> the photo was in Houla, Syria.</span></p>
  473. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Government-secured areas of Syria are not free of danger: many have been or continue to be subject to terrorism, whether in the form of car bombings (as with the many times terror-attacked district of al-Zahra&#8217;a, Homs, <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.rt.com/op-edge/330702-terrorism-west-hypocrisy-syria/" target="_blank">which I visited</a> some days after a major series of car and suicide bombings in December 2015 or as with the <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/syrian-rebels-kill-45-civilians-homs-childrens-school/" target="_blank">Akrama school in Homs, Oct 2014</a>, killing at least 41 children, to cite 2 of endless examples. Some more examples <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://theduran.com/idlib-school-attack-and-how-the-un-covers-up-actual-war-crimes-citing-al-qaeda-propagandists-in-syria/" target="_blank">here</a>), rocket and mortar attacks, and snipings.</span></p>
  474. <p><span style="color:#000000;">On 6 visits to Syria, when back  in Damascus I&#8217;ve stayed in the Old City and was in the midst of mortar attacks which in 2014 and 2015 were near-daily and quite heavy. In 2016, there were still mortar attacks but less than prior. That said, a dear friend lost her sister and that woman&#8217;s infant son to such a mortar <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/posts/1252398584770133" target="_blank">attack in July 2016</a>. The &#8220;moderate&#8221; &#8220;rebels&#8221;&#8216; idea of &#8220;revolution&#8221; is to <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://zeroanthropology.net/2014/09/11/the-terrorism-we-support-in-syria-a-first-hand-account-of-the-use-of-mortars-against-civilians/" target="_blank">indiscriminately shell civilian areas</a>. These maimed children were a sampling of the injured (some critically so) when I <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/university-hospital-damascus-meeting-victims-of-western-backed-mortar-and-rocket-terrorism/" target="_blank">visited Damascus&#8217; University Hospital</a> in February 2015. <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/children-injured-by-rebel-shelling-of-manar-school-damascus/" target="_blank">These children</a> were injured in April 2014, when militants mortared their school in Old Damascus.</span></p>
  475. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Prior to its liberation, to enter Aleppo the sole route (with the exception of the August securing of Castello road) was <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/posts/1261705753839416" target="_blank">via Ramouseh road</a>, known for snipings and shelling from militant factions. I traveled that road 6 times (3 visits), in times when snipings had recently occurred. Traveling the Castello road even posed a danger, as I and colleague Vanessa Beeley learned in August 2016 when leaving Aleppo. The road was being mortared by militant factions and <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/posts/1276354652374526" target="_blank">our simple taxi, while trying to speed</a> along, was boxed in by other trucks also leaving.</span></p>
  476. <p>
  477. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/those-who-transmit-syrian-voices-are-russian-propagandists-monitors-of-fake-news-negate-syrian-suffering/aqrab/'><img width="300" height="196" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/aqrab.jpg?w=300&#038;h=196" class="attachment-medium size-medium" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/aqrab.jpg?w=300&#038;h=196 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/aqrab.jpg?w=600 600w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/aqrab.jpg?w=150 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-attachment-id="21173" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/those-who-transmit-syrian-voices-are-russian-propagandists-monitors-of-fake-news-negate-syrian-suffering/aqrab/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/aqrab.jpg" data-orig-size="960,627" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="aqrab" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/aqrab.jpg?w=300&#038;h=196" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/aqrab.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  478. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/those-who-transmit-syrian-voices-are-russian-propagandists-monitors-of-fake-news-negate-syrian-suffering/taaouna/'><img width="300" height="225" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/taaouna.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" class="attachment-medium size-medium" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/taaouna.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/taaouna.jpg?w=600 600w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/taaouna.jpg?w=150 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-attachment-id="21174" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/those-who-transmit-syrian-voices-are-russian-propagandists-monitors-of-fake-news-negate-syrian-suffering/taaouna/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/taaouna.jpg" data-orig-size="700,525" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="taaouna" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/taaouna.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/taaouna.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  479. <br />
  480. <span style="color:#000000;">While in Taaouna this summer, taking the testimonies of Syrians from the village of Aqrab where there was a massacre perpetrated by the &#8216;moderates&#8217; of the Free Syrian Army, there was great risk of shelling or sniping by the terrorists still occupying Aqrab. Of that visit, I wrote:</span></p>
  481. <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8220;Yesterday, via a winding road through the Masyaf region hills, descending to the village of Ta’aouna, I met with residents of neighbouring Aqrab, which in December 2012 was attacked by the so-called “Free Syrian Army” who massacred between 120-150 Aqrab residents (more on their testimonies soon).</span></p>
  482. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Standing on the roof of the home to which three Aqrab survivors had come to give their testimonies, the village of Aqrab, roughly 500 metres away, was distinctly visible—as are any people in Ta’aouna who go rooftop (for laundry, water or other reasons) to terrorist snipers in the hills near Aqrab. The home owner pointed out holes from such snipers’ bullets prior.</span></p>
  483. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Two hundred metres down a lane, some fifteen houses remain inhabited by local Ta’aouna families (including children), in homes 300 metres from where terrorists and their snipers lie. </span></p>
  484. <p><span style="color:#000000;">When terrorists massacred villagers in Aqrab in December 2012, they were then known as “Free Syrian Army” terrorists. </span></p>
  485. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Now, occupied villages in the region comprise terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam, and Da’esh (ISIS). As most Syrians I’ve met say, they are the same, with different names and financial backers, but commit the same heinous beheadings, assassinations, kidnappings and other western-sanctioned crimes in Syria.</span></p>
  486. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Rooftop the home closest to the dirt embankment beyond (this particular house uninhabited, although only 5 metres from the next inhabited one), Abu Abdo, a local defense volunteer explains how he and others in the village take night shifts to watch for attempted terrorist infiltrations. The Syrian Arab Army has hilltop posts around Ta’aouna, but nonetheless the village defenders (including many who are family men and formerly served in the SAA) watch to see if/where terrorists are shooting from/at. “We organized ourselves, since 2011. We communicate with the army and give them targets, and they do the same with us,” he says of the watch for terrorist attacks.</span></p>
  487. <p><span style="color:#000000;">We sit behind a wall of tires, some concrete blocks to one side serving as a defensive wall from behind which to watch for and shoot at terrorists. A second local defender appears, greets me with a friendly handshake, explains that in late 2013 terrorists managed to advance to the low hills to our right. But not since.</span></p>
  488. <p><span style="color:#000000;">I ask Abu Abdo what he did prior to the war on Syria. A school principal, and he still is, he does the defense volunteering after hours&#8230;.</span></p>
  489. <p><span style="color:#000000;">They point to the land between Ta’aouna and the low hills flanking the village, and the start of Aqrab beyond.</span></p>
  490. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“That small cement building on the land, right near there, about one month ago, a university student was shot in his head and killed, by a terrorist sniper. He was an engineering student.”</span></p>
  491. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Earlier they’d told me about this, and about another university student who roughly 2 weeks ago was torn apart by shelling from terrorists in Aqrab. “He had just finished his exams,” they had said.</span></p>
  492. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Descending from the roof, we walk past a nearby house, the children on the porch stoop. The second defense soldier tells me, with a proud smile, they are his kids. He takes me to the side of the house to show three creatively covered holes, “Dushkie” shots from the terrorists about 10 days ago.&#8221; READ MORE ABOUT THAT VISIT  <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/updates-from-on-the-ground-in-syria-june-to-august-11/" target="_blank">HERE</a></span></p>
  493. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><img data-attachment-id="21282" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/those-who-transmit-syrian-voices-are-russian-propagandists-monitors-of-fake-news-negate-syrian-suffering/waer-2/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/waer1.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="960,960" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="waer" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/waer1.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/waer1.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-21282" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/waer1.jpg?w=620" alt="waer" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/waer1.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/waer1.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/waer1.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/waer1.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/waer1.jpg 960w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></span></p>
  494. <p><span style="color:#000000;">At the outskirts of al-Waer, Homs, I was urged not to remain standing at the checkpoint where I&#8217;d been watching civilians re-entering their district. I was told that some 2,000 + militants (this estimate may be too low) still remained in al-Waer, under a truce, but that they could violate it at any moment, hence sniping was a risk. READ MORE ABOUT THAT VISIT <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1109530025723657&amp;set=a.1128530780490248.1073741883.100000000104830&amp;type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank">HERE</a>.</span></p>
  495. <p><span style="color:#000000;">On two occasions I&#8217;ve been sniped at by militants. In summer 2014 outside the walls of the Old City of Damascus, a sniper in Jobar fired my way, bullets whizzing past, startling a number of Syrian women and men sitting on the grass.  In summer 2016, passing through the Damascus district of Barzeh, the taxi I was in was sniped at by a militant in that district (it is under <span class="text_exposed_show">a truce since early 2014. FSA within still have light arms). </span></span></p>
  496. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><span class="UFICommentBody">On Nov 4, I was at the Castello road humanitarian crossing, along which in theory civilians (and even militants) who wished to leave militant-occupied areas could do so. While there, the road was shelled 2 times by militant faction</span>s. This video captured the 2nd shelling.</span></p>
  497. <p><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='620' height='379' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/g_ll2ompg4A?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></p>
  498. <p><span style="color:#000000;">These are just some examples to highlight that even when reporting and taking testimonies of Syrians living in government-protected areas, it is not without great risk. The smear tactic of implying otherwise completely negates the hell that Syrian civilians have been living for years under these various types of attacks.</span></p>
  499. <p><img data-attachment-id="21285" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/those-who-transmit-syrian-voices-are-russian-propagandists-monitors-of-fake-news-negate-syrian-suffering/dscn5261/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5261.jpg?w=680&#038;h=511" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="dscn5261" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5261.jpg?w=680&#038;h=511?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5261.jpg?w=680&#038;h=511?w=620" class="alignnone wp-image-21285" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5261.jpg?w=680&#038;h=511" alt="dscn5261" width="680" height="511" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5261.jpg?w=680&amp;h=511 680w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5261.jpg?w=1360&amp;h=1020 1360w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5261.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5261.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5261.jpg?w=768&amp;h=576 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/dscn5261.jpg?w=1024&amp;h=768 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 680px) 100vw, 680px" /><br />
  500. <span style="color:#000000;"> <em>*Gas canister bombs litter the roads between Aleppo and the northern villages of Nubl and Zahra&#8217;a, which I visited in July 2016. It is such bombs, and larger water heater bomb variations (as well as Grad missiles, mortars and explosive bullets), which for years militant and terrorist factions were firing near-daily on the 1.5 million people of greater Aleppo, before liberation.</em></span></p>
  501. <p><img data-attachment-id="21185" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/those-who-transmit-syrian-voices-are-russian-propagandists-monitors-of-fake-news-negate-syrian-suffering/aleppo-u-res/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/aleppo-u-res.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="960,720" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="aleppo-u-res" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/aleppo-u-res.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/aleppo-u-res.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-21185" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/aleppo-u-res.jpg?w=620" alt="aleppo-u-res" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/aleppo-u-res.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/aleppo-u-res.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/aleppo-u-res.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/aleppo-u-res.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/aleppo-u-res.jpg 960w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /><br />
  502. <span style="color:#000000;">*<em><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1374158789260778&amp;set=a.476470279029638.114719.100000000104830&amp;type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank">A</a></em><span id="fbPhotoSnowliftCaption" class="fbPhotosPhotoCaption"><span class="hasCaption"><em><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1374158789260778&amp;set=a.476470279029638.114719.100000000104830&amp;type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank">leppo University residences</a> housing well over 10,000 internally displaced Syrians from militant-occupied areas of Aleppo and its countryside for around 4 or more years. One of the residences was hit by a terrorist missile days prior to my 2nd November visit, killing four from one family alone.</em> </span></span></span></p>
  503. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Related:</strong></span></p>
  504. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian/222594/" target="_blank">Aleppo: How US &amp; Saudi-Backed Rebels Target ‘Every Syrian’</a>, MintPressNews, Nov 29, 2016, Eva Bartlett.</span><br />
  505. <span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.sott.net/article/327727-Eva-Bartlett-photo-essay-The-villages-in-Aleppo-ravaged-by-the-U-Ss-moderate-rebels" target="_blank">Aleppo and nearby villages ravaged by the U.S.&#8217;s &#8220;moderate&#8221; terrorists (Photo Essay)</a>, SOTT.net, Sep 8, 2016, Eva Bartlett</span><br />
  506. <span style="color:#000000;"> <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.sott.net/article/325238-Western-corporate-media-disappears-over-1-5-million-Syrians-and-4000-doctors" target="_blank">Western corporate media &#8216;disappears&#8217; over 1.5 million Syrians and 4,000 doctors</a>, SOTT.net, Aug 14, 2016, Eva Bartlett</span></p>
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  563. <description><![CDATA[  ‘We were living in security and peace. These areas are being targeted, they want to force us to leave. Every Syrian is being targeted,’ one Syrian religious leader told a delegation of reporters who visited Aleppo earlier this month. By Eva Bartlett  @EvaKBartlett &#124; November 29, 2016 &#8211;MintPressNews (on Facebook) (republished at: Global Research, [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=20955&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
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  565. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a class="cboxElement" style="color:#000000;" title="Aleppo: How US &amp; Saudi-Backed Rebels Target 'Every Syrian'" href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Bustan-al-Qasr-district-of-eastern-Aleppo.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-222604" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Bustan-al-Qasr-district-of-eastern-Aleppo.jpg" alt="On Oct. 20 and again on Nov. 4, the Syrian government and Russia opened eight humanitarian corridors established for civilians and militants who wished to flee terrorist-held areas of eastern Aleppo, including militants who wished to surrender their weapons under amnesty. However, no one left on Nov. 4. Many residents within eastern Aleppo have said they are being held hostage and used as human shields by terrorists who shoot upon people attempting to leave through the humanitarian corridors. [Photo by Eva Bartlett, Nov. 4, 2016]" width="1600" height="1020" /></a></span></p>
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  567. <div class="lsingle_header font-5"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></div>
  568. <div class="lsingle_excerpt font-6"><span style="color:#000000;">‘We were living in security and peace. These areas are being targeted, they want to force us to leave. Every Syrian is being targeted,’ one Syrian religious leader told a delegation of reporters who visited Aleppo earlier this month.</span></div>
  569. <h3 class="lsingle_author font-6"><span style="color:#000000;"><b>By <span class="entry-author"> <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/author/eva-bartlett/"> Eva Bartlett  </a> </span> @EvaKBartlett </b> | <a style="color:#000000;" title="7:41 am" href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian/222594/" rel="bookmark"><span class="entry-date">November 29, 2016</span></a></span></h3>
  570. <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8211;<a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian/222594/">MintPressNews</a> (on <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/MintpressNewsMPN/posts/1284587541584778">Facebook</a>) (republished at: <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.globalresearch.ca/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian/5559640">Global Research</a>, <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.sott.net/article/335176-Eva-Bartlett-How-the-US-Saudi-backed-proxy-army-targets-every-Syrian-in-Aleppo">SOTT</a>)</span></p>
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  572. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><b></b>In early November, <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/fares.shehabi?fref=ts">Fares Shehabi</a>, a member of the Syrian parliament from Aleppo, organized a trip to Aleppo for 13 Western journalists, including myself, with security provided by forces in the Syrian Arab Army.While I had traveled to Aleppo independently as recently as July and August, for many others in the delegation, it was their first visit to the city or their first visit since the war on Syria began in 2011.</span></p>
  573. <p><span style="color:#000000;">On previous visits to Aleppo, I <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.sott.net/article/325238-Western-corporate-media-disappears-over-1-5-million-Syrians-and-4000-doctors">met with the Aleppo Medical Association</a> and saw a maternity hospital hit twice by rocket and mortar attacks by militants under Jaysh al-Fatah (the Army of Conquest), a loose alliance of anti-government terrorist groups. I met with members of a branch of the <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://21stcenturywire.com/2016/09/23/exclusive-the-real-syria-civil-defence-expose-natos-white-helmets-as-terrorist-linked-imposters/" target="_blank">Syria Civil Defense</a> and Christian and Muslim religious leaders. Just north of the city, I <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.sott.net/article/327727-Eva-Bartlett-photo-essay-The-villages-in-Aleppo-ravaged-by-the-U-Ss-moderate-rebels" target="_blank">visited Nubl</a> and Zahraa, towns besieged for more than three years by the Free Syrian Army, the Nusra Front, and other affiliated terrorist factions before the Syrian Arab Army drove them out in February of this year. I saw the liberated region of Bani Zaid and the al-Layramoun industrial district. I interacted with civilians in public parks, streets, and markets.</span></p>
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  576. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Ahead of my trip earlier this month, I was interested to see what might have changed following the liberation of still more areas by the SAA. I also hoped to speak with civilians who had fled the terrorist-held areas of Aleppo’s eastern districts since I had last visited, during which time eight humanitarian corridors had been established for civilians and members of terrorist factions willing to relinquish their arms or to accept safe passage to areas in Idlib and government-secured parts of western Aleppo.</span></p>
  577. <p><span style="color:#000000;">However, on Nov. 4, no one fled terrorist-held areas of Aleppo. Family members of civilians still there say their loved ones are being used as human shields by groups like the Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham, or Nour al-Din al-Zenki — the so-called “moderate rebels” and “opposition forces” backed by the United States, NATO, Israel and Gulf allies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar.</span></p>
  578. <h2><span style="color:#000000;"><b>Returning to Aleppo</b></span></h2>
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  581. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><img class="media__item" src="https://img.rt.com/files/2016.01/original/56acab49c46188825e8b45d7.jpg" alt="Homes opposite the terrorist car bombing blast in al-Zahra'a, Homs © Eva Bartlett" /></span></p>
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  583. <div class="media__title media__title_footer"><span style="color:#000000;"><em>Homes opposite a terrorist car bombing blast in al-Zahra&#8217;a, Homs, Dec 12, 2015 © Eva Bartlett <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.rt.com/op-edge/330702-terrorism-west-hypocrisy-syria/">Russia Today</a></em></span></div>
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  588. <p><span style="color:#000000;">From Damascus, the bus traveled along smooth, paved roads to Homs, where we passed the entrance to Zahraa, a neighborhood plagued by <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.rt.com/op-edge/330702-terrorism-west-hypocrisy-syria/" target="_blank">terrorist car and suicide bombs</a>. Moving out of Homs, we continued eastward along a narrow road for about an hour until we reached the Ithriya-Khanasser road, and the last leg of the trip to Aleppo.</span></p>
  589. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Though the Ithriya-Khanasser road was flanked by the wreckage of buses and cars, attacked mostly by Da’esh (an Arabic acronym for the extremist group commonly referred to in the West as ISIS or ISIL) in recent years, and although Da’esh continues to creep onto sections of the road at night to lay mines, our travel there was without incident.</span></p>
  590. <p><span style="color:#000000;">When I reached the southeastern suburb of Ramouseh in July, it was by taxi. The <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/videos/vb.100000000104830/1261704093839582/?type=2&amp;video_source=user_video_tab">driver sped through the suburb</a>, fearing Nusra Front snipers less than a kilometer away. He floored it for at least 500 meters, speeding through risky spots and weaving in and out of a valley in perfect range of terrorist shellings, ultimately reaching an SAA checkpoint before entering Greater Aleppo.</span></p>
  591. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Castello Road was only means of entering Aleppo in August. The road, which runs into the northern part of the city, had recently been secured but <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/videos/vb.100000000104830/1276349149041743/?type=2&amp;theater">still threatened</a> by terrorist shelling.</span></p>
  592. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Ramouseh was re-secured prior to our November visit, and again became the main means of entering Aleppo. In November, we traveled by bus, escorted by security, and the threat of snipers was weakened by SAA advances in recent months. Above the sniper embankment of barrels and sandbags, I had a clearer view toward Sheikh Saeed district — areas which terrorist factions had long occupied and from which they sniped and shelled Ramouseh.</span></p>
  593. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='620' height='379' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/fKf3tVGWu7Y?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span><br />
  594. <span style="color:#000000;"> *<em>Ramouseh road when leaving Aleppo, Nov 2016.</em></span></p>
  595. </div>
  596. <p><span id="more-20955"></span></p>
  597. <div class="lsingle_author font-6">
  598. <p><span style="color:#000000;">One of our first stops was the Aleppo Chamber of Industry, where MP Shehabi outlined the systematic looting of Aleppo’s factories.</span></p>
  599. <p><span style="color:#000000;">According to Shehabi, of the 70,000 small to large enterprises and factories which once thrived in Aleppo, only about half have survived that widespread destruction and gutting of factories. Of the roughly 35,000 enterprises now operating in Aleppo, he estimated that only about 7,000 are factories and they’re operating at just 15 percent capacity. </span></p>
  600. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Shehabi said the Chamber has photo and video evidence of burglaries in factories. He continued:</span></p>
  601. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><i>“We documented the transfer of our heavy equipment, production equipment, like power generators, like textile machinery. These are heavy, not something you can smuggle easily. These would be on the highway, under the monitoring of Turkish police. Stolen production lines, how can you allow stolen production lines to enter your country without any paperwork?”</i></span></p>
  602. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The Chamber, along with other Syrian industry associations, filed a lawsuit against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in European courts in <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.champress.net/index.php?q=ar/Article/view/14120" target="_blank">2013</a>, seeking damages. That lawsuit and <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://sana.sy/en/?p=80787" target="_blank">others launched by Syrian authorities</a> accuse Erdoğan of not just harboring terrorists, but allowing and even enabling them to enter Syria to destroy or disassemble factories and return to Turkey with stolen machinery and hardware.</span></p>
  603. <p><span style="color:#000000;">None of these legal proceedings have been resolved, and Shehabi describes the Chamber’s lawsuit as “stumbling.” Shehabi was among four of Aleppo’s top businessmen to be <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.reuters.com/article/syria-aleppo-industry-idUSL5E8LG31V20121024" target="_blank">hit with EU sanctions in 2011</a>. These sanctions, the MP said, represent a hurdle preventing a fair resolution.</span></p>
  604. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='620' height='379' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/cZBCA9hF6B4?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span><br />
  605. <span style="color:#000000;"> *<em>MP Shehabi discussing the lawsuit as we walked through the Layramoun district.</em></span></p>
  606. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The Chamber now operates out of a rented villa, as the historic building which housed the Chamber of Industry in the Old City was destroyed on April 27, 2014, when explosives were denoted in an underground tunnel. Shehabi said he had gone on Syrian national television, calling on governments to impose a commercial boycott of Turkey, about two weeks prior to the attack.</span></p>
  607. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“They didn’t bomb the building next to it, there was only one security guard inside [no military personnel], and it’s not at the frontline, so why bomb it?” he asked, noting his suspicion that the Chamber had been deliberately targeted due to the legal action it was taking against Erdoğan.</span></p>
  608. <h2><span style="color:#000000;"><b>The FSA’s underground prison in al-Layramoun</b></span></h2>
  609. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6212.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="20963" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/dscn6212/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6212.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="FSA prison building above ground" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6212.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6212.jpg?w=620&#038;h=465" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-20963" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6212.jpg?w=620&#038;h=465" alt="FSA prison building above ground" width="620" height="465" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6212.jpg?w=620&amp;h=465 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6212.jpg?w=1240&amp;h=930 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6212.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6212.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6212.jpg?w=768&amp;h=576 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6212.jpg?w=1024&amp;h=768 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" /></a>*<em>Above ground, the same building housing the FSA prison, unscathed by airstrikes 3 stories below, is battered like other buildings terrorists have bunkered in.</em></span></p>
  610. </div>
  611. <div class="lsingle_author font-6">
  612. <p><span style="color:#000000;">We walked through the ornately-carved entrance of a building in the al-Layramoun industrial district that once housed a dye factory. More recently, though, it’s been used as a base by the 16th Division of the Free Syrian Army. In an interior room, I noticed a 4G mobile phone card from Turkcell, Turkey’s leading mobile phone operator.</span></p>
  613.  
  614. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/dscn6155/'><img width="150" height="113" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6155.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113" class="attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6155.jpg?w=150&#038;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6155.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" data-attachment-id="20957" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/dscn6155/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6155.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="dscn6155" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6155.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6155.jpg?w=620" /></a>
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  618.  
  619. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In neighboring buildings we saw bags of materials reportedly used to make the gas canister and water heater explosives known colloquially as Hell 1 and Hell 2, the latter of which can inflict significantly more damage, including leveling entire floors of houses. There were also metal fragments, which are added to explosives to inflict maximum damage. Another room contained a pile of shavings which one of the Syrian soldiers accompanying us said was used to compress explosives in the gas canister bombs which the Free Syrian Army and other terrorist groups fire upon neighborhoods in greater Aleppo.</span></p>
  620. <p><span style="color:#000000;">When we approached the Nusra Front-occupied road leading toward Daher Abed Rabbo, SAA soldiers advised us to run, not walk.</span></p>
  621. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='620' height='379' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/OW8Om7we3z4?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  622. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Just beyond that road, bunkered three stories below ground, the Free Syrian Army’s nightmarish improvised prison for SAA captives was untouched by the bombs inflicting damage above-ground. These attacks target terrorists who fire on the civilians of Aleppo and retreat underground.</span></p>
  623. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Al-Layramoun and Bani Zaid are home to the same landscape of battered buildings that one finds in areas where militants have bunkered deeply down. Seeing the destruction, some of the other journalists in our delegation mention only the physical damage to the buildings. “Buildings lay pancaked by airstrikes,” one wrote, pointing an incriminating finger at the Syrian government without giving any context as to why these areas were hammered.</span></p>
  624. </div>
  625. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The real shame is not actually the physical destruction of buildings, but the incursion into these districts by Western-backed terrorists, including the Free Syrian Army, the Nusra Front, and Da’esh, among others. Nearly six years into the needless bloodshed, their criminal and savage acts against Syrian civilians and soldiers are well-documented. And it’s common knowledge that they bunker down to avoid airstrikes.</span></p>
  626.  
  627. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/dscn6205/'><img width="225" height="300" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6205.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" class="attachment-medium size-medium" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6205.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300 225w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6205.jpg?w=450 450w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6205.jpg?w=113 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" data-attachment-id="20961" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/dscn6205/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6205.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,4000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="dscn6205" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6205.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6205.jpg?w=620" /></a>
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  629.  
  630. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The Free Syrian Army’s nine suffocating, improvised metal solitary confinement cells and three rooms used as regular cells in the underground prison bunker in al-Layramoun were all intact despite the aerial bombings. Buildings are devastated above-ground because of the presence of militants deep underground, where airstrikes inflict considerably less damage.</span></p>
  631. <h2><span style="color:#000000;"><b>18 killed in Nov. 3 terror attacks </b></span></h2>
  632. <p><span style="color:#000000;">On the afternoon of Nov. 3, after meeting with Dr. Mohammed Batikh, director of Al-Razi Hospital, the victims of terror attacks which had begun a few hours prior began to arrive one after another, maimed and critically injured. The vehicle bombings and bombardment of Grad missiles, among other attacks, left 18 people dead and more than 200 injured, according to Dr. Zaher Hajo, the head of forensic medicine at Al-Razi Hospital.</span></p>
  633. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_151659.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="20965" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/img_20161103_151659/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_151659.jpg" data-orig-size="1936,1936" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.4&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;BlackBerry Q5&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1478186219&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;59&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.040972&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="img_20161103_151659" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_151659.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_151659.jpg?w=620&#038;h=620" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-20965" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_151659.jpg?w=620&#038;h=620" alt="img_20161103_151659" width="620" height="620" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_151659.jpg?w=620&amp;h=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_151659.jpg?w=1240&amp;h=1240 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_151659.jpg?w=150&amp;h=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_151659.jpg?w=300&amp;h=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_151659.jpg?w=768&amp;h=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_151659.jpg?w=1024&amp;h=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" /></a><em>The body of a civilian who was killed in the Nov. 3 attacks in Aleppo. Nov. 3, 2016. (Photo: Eva Bartlett)</em></span></p>
  634. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The corridors and emergency ward at Al-Razi Hospital, one of two state-run hospitals in Aleppo, quickly became clogged with the injured and grieving family members. In one crowded interior corridor, one of the wounded screamed out in pain: “Ya, Allah! Ya, Allah!”</span></p>
  635. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In another corridor, a 15-year-old boy with a cast on one leg and bandages on his head, said the mortar attack which injured him had killed his 4-year-old cousin and left his 6-year-old cousin with critical injuries.</span></p>
  636. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In a front room, a mother wailed for her son who had suffered severe injuries. She screamed and pleaded for someone to save him, her only son. Not long after, though, the news came in: the 26-year-old had died. Her son, a doctor, was not the first medical professional to die in terrorists’ routine bombings of Aleppo neighborhoods.</span></p>
  637. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/videos/vb.100000000104830/1275601812449810/?type=2&amp;video_source=user_video_tab">Dr. Nabil Antaki</a>, a gastroenterologist from Aleppo, with whom I met on my trips to Aleppo in July and August, messaged me in October about his friend and colleague, Dr. Omar, who was injured on Oct. 6 when terrorist factions unleashed an attack on Jamiliye Street, killing 10 people. Just a few days after the attack, Dr. Omar, too, died.</span></p>
  638. <p><span style="color:#000000;">At the morgue behind Al-Razi Hospital on Nov. 3, inconsolable family members leaned against the wall or sat on the pavement, coming to grips with the deaths of loved ones.</span></p>
  639. <p><span style="color:#000000;">One 14-year-old boy had been there on Nov. 2, when his father was killed. On Nov. 3, he returned when his mother was killed. Both of this boy’s parents are dead, both killed in terrorist attacks on the city’s New Aleppo district.</span></p>
  640. <p><span style="color:#000000;">A man spoke of a 10-year-old nephew who was shot in the head by a terrorist sniper while the boy was on his roof.</span></p>
  641. <p><span style="color:#000000;">A woman and her children leaned against an iron rail next to the door to the morgue, weeping over the death of her husband, their father, who was killed while parking a car. When the man’s mother arrived, she collapsed, shrieking in grief.</span></p>
  642. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_152606.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="20964" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/img_20161103_152606/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_152606.jpg" data-orig-size="1936,1936" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.4&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;BlackBerry Q5&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1478186766&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;3&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;173&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.054712&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="img_20161103_152606" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_152606.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_152606.jpg?w=544&#038;h=544" class="aligncenter wp-image-20964" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_152606.jpg?w=544&#038;h=544" alt="img_20161103_152606" width="544" height="544" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_152606.jpg?w=544&amp;h=544 544w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_152606.jpg?w=1088&amp;h=1088 1088w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_152606.jpg?w=150&amp;h=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_152606.jpg?w=300&amp;h=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_152606.jpg?w=768&amp;h=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_152606.jpg?w=1024&amp;h=1024 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 544px) 100vw, 544px" /></a></span></p>
  643. <p><span style="color:#000000;">And in the midst of all of this, all these women and children, a car arrived at the morgue with the body of yet another victim of the day’s terror attacks, Mohammed Majd Darwish, 74. His upper body was so bloody that it was unclear whether he had been decapitated.</span></p>
  644. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Near the morgue, Bashir Shehadeh, a man in his forties, said his family had been displaced already from Jisr al-Shughour, a city in Idlib. His mother, some of his friends, and his cousin have been killed by terrorist factions’ shellings. He said enough was enough, and called on the SAA to eliminate the terrorist threat.</span></p>
  645. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Al-Razi’s Dr. Batikh said a private hospital, Al-Rajaa, was hit by a mortar attack. “They cannot do operations now, the operating room is out of service.”</span></p>
  646. <p><span style="color:#000000;">One of the most notable attacks on hospitals was the December 2013 <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ4kPiKiQb4" target="_blank">double truck bombing of Al-Kindi Hospital</a>, the largest and best cancer treatment hospital in the Middle East. <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.sott.net/article/325238-Western-corporate-media-disappears-over-1-5-million-Syrians-and-4000-doctors" target="_blank">I have previously reported</a> on other attacks on hospitals in Aleppo, including the May 3 rocket attack which gutted Al-Dabeet, a maternity hospital, killing three women. On Sept. 10, Dr. Antaki messaged me:</span></p>
  647. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><i>“Yesterday, a rocket, sent by the terrorists, hit a maternity hospital in Aleppo in Muhafazat Street. Two persons working in the hospital were injured. No death. But the point is that it is a hospital and it was hit by a rocket.”</i></span></p>
  648. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Dr. Batikh and Dr. Mazen Rahmoun, deputy director of Al-Razi, said the hospital once had 68 ambulances, but now there are only six. The rest, they said, were either stolen by terrorist factions or destroyed.</span></p>
  649. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Aleppo’s doctors continue to treat the daily influx of injured and ill patients in spite of the dearth of ambulances and effects of Western sanctions which mean a lack of medical equipment, replacement parts, and medicine for critical illnesses like cancer.</span></p>
  650. <p><span style="color:#000000;">According to the hospital’s head forensic medicine, Dr. Hajo, in the last five years, 10,750 civilians have been killed in Aleppo, 40 percent of whom were women and children. In the past year alone, 328 children have been killed by terrorist shelling in Aleppo, and 45 children were killed by terrorist snipers.</span></p>
  651. <h2><span style="color:#000000;"><b>Humanitarian Crossings: Shelling of Castello Road</b></span></h2>
  652. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a class="cboxElement" style="color:#000000;" title="Aleppo: How US &amp; Saudi-Backed Rebels Target 'Every Syrian'" href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/terrorist-factions.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-222603" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/terrorist-factions.jpg" alt="Less than 100 metres away, the second of two mortars fired by terrorist factions less than 1 km from Castello Road on Nov. 4. The road and humanitarian corridor were targeted at least six times that day by terrorist factions. Nov. 4, 2016. (Photo: Eva Bartlett)" width="1600" height="902" /></a></span></p>
  653. <p><span style="color:#000000;">On Nov. 4, prior to our 9:30 a.m. arrival at the Bustan al-Qasr crossing and until our departure an hour later, no one had been able to cross from the area just beyond crossing, which is occupied by Jaysh al-Fatah militants.</span></p>
  654. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Two weeks prior to our arrival, journalists had reported that terrorist factions heavily shelled the crossing and areas around it starting in the early morning.</span></p>
  655. <p><span style="color:#000000;">A Syrian general at the crossing confirmed that shelling had taken place on Oct. 20, adding that three police officers had been wounded. A journalist in the delegation asked the general what he would say to Syrian civilians like Bashir Shehadeh, who demanded that the SAA eliminate the terrorist factions.</span></p>
  656. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“We need to be patient, because the civilians there are not able to leave, they are not guilty,” the general replied. “We don’t work the way that the terrorists work.”</span></p>
  657. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Regarding the amnesty decree issued by President Bashar Assad in late July, the general explained that terrorists who want to be granted amnesty could lay down their arms. Those who choose to go on to Idlib would be granted safe passage by the Syrian government and army, in coordination with the Red Cross and Red Crescent.</span></p>
  658. <p><span style="color:#000000;">According to the general, when two militants arrived at the Bustan al-Qasr crossing about two months ago, they surrendered their arms and proceeded under amnesty.</span></p>
  659. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Five months ago, he said, 12 civilians crossed there, were treated in Aleppo’s hospitals, and returned to their homes in terrorist-held eastern Aleppo.</span></p>
  660. <p><span style="color:#000000;">At the Castello Road humanitarian crossing, the large green buses which were said to be evacuating militants from areas of eastern Aleppo in recent weeks were there again, waiting to ferry away more. Ten ambulances, three buses, and 14 minivans were lined up in anticipation of any civilians or militants trying to leave terrorist-occupied areas, whether for safe passage elsewhere or to settle in government-secured areas of Aleppo.</span></p>
  661. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a class="cboxElement" style="color:#000000;" title="Aleppo: How US &amp; Saudi-Backed Rebels Target 'Every Syrian'" href="http://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/ambulances.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-222602" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/ambulances.jpg" alt="Ten ambulances wait at the Castello Road crossing to treat anyone exiting via the humanitarian corridors established by the Syrian government and Russia, including militants who lay down their arms. Nov. 4, 2016. (Photo: Eva Bartlett)" width="1600" height="900" /></a></span></p>
  662. <p><span style="color:#000000;">George Sire, 25, an anesthesiologist at Salloum Hospital in Aleppo, was one of the volunteers who arrived at the crossing with five of the private hospital’s ambulances, at the request of the Syrian government.</span><br />
  663. <span style="color:#000000;"> <iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='620' height='379' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/gOoHLBpHHno?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  664. <p><span style="color:#000000;">When speaking with a Syrian commander about permitting men who had used arms against Syrian civilians and soldiers to lay down their arms and reconcile, he said they are sons of the country and urged them to reconcile.</span></p>
  665. <p><span style="color:#000000;">At around 1:30 p.m. the first shell struck, hitting near Castello Road. About 10 minutes later, <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_ll2ompg4A">while I was being interviewed</a>, a second hit, this time considerably closer, within 100 meters — close enough, in fact, to create a cloud of dark smoke over the road. It prompted security to usher me away from the road and move our delegation away from the crossing.</span></p>
  666. <p><span style="color:#000000;">I later learned that another five shells targeted the crossing, injuring a Syrian journalist and two Russian soldiers.</span></p>
  667. <p><span style="color:#000000;">No one passed through this or any of the other seven humanitarian corridors that day.</span></p>
  668. <h2><span style="color:#000000;"><b>Displaced by terrorists</b></span></h2>
  669. <p><span style="color:#000000;">For around four years, simple shelters at the Hafez al-Assad Mosque have housed around 1,000 people, all Sunni families displaced from areas occupied by militants.</span></p>
  670. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Most of those with whom I spoke listed similar reasons for leaving their homes and described being in fear for their lives because of the terrorist presence.</span></p>
  671. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“They came and destroyed houses and killed civilians before they attacked the state. The army is protecting us, it’s the gangs [that] are the ones destroying the country,” one man told me.</span></p>
  672. <p><span style="color:#000000;">He said his two brothers in terrorist-controlled areas in eastern Aleppo are “not allowed to leave.”</span></p>
  673. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“They’ve tried many times but they are prevented. If the armed groups see anyone carrying luggage, they’ll arrest them right away.”</span></p>
  674. <p><span style="color:#000000;">He and others at the shelter complained that, according to their family members, the terrorist factions horde and control any food within the areas they occupy.</span></p>
  675. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Like elsewhere in the city, the shelter and area immediately surrounding the mosque are routinely hit with mortars and explosive bullets.</span></p>
  676. <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6397.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="20967" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/dscn6397/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6397.jpg" data-orig-size="3726,2821" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="dscn6397" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6397.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6397.jpg?w=620&#038;h=469" class="aligncenter wp-image-20967 size-large" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6397.jpg?w=620&#038;h=469" width="620" height="469" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6397.jpg?w=620&amp;h=469 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6397.jpg?w=1240&amp;h=938 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6397.jpg?w=150&amp;h=114 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6397.jpg?w=300&amp;h=227 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6397.jpg?w=768&amp;h=581 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6397.jpg?w=1024&amp;h=775 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" /></a><em><br />
  677. </em></span></p>
  678. <p><span style="color:#000000;">An older man led me around a corner, pointing to a spot where he said a 29-year-old man was killed by a terrorist-fired explosive bullet.</span></p>
  679. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“He was standing here. His stomach was torn open,” he told me.</span></p>
  680. <h2><span style="color:#000000;"><b>The Old City: Life among ruins</b></span></h2>
  681. <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14925451_1345710938772230_3912756848704318530_n.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="20968" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/14925451_1345710938772230_3912756848704318530_n-2/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14925451_1345710938772230_3912756848704318530_n.jpg" data-orig-size="960,720" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="14925451_1345710938772230_3912756848704318530_n" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14925451_1345710938772230_3912756848704318530_n.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14925451_1345710938772230_3912756848704318530_n.jpg?w=620&#038;h=465" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-20968" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14925451_1345710938772230_3912756848704318530_n.jpg?w=620&#038;h=465" alt="14925451_1345710938772230_3912756848704318530_n" width="620" height="465" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14925451_1345710938772230_3912756848704318530_n.jpg?w=620&amp;h=465 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14925451_1345710938772230_3912756848704318530_n.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14925451_1345710938772230_3912756848704318530_n.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14925451_1345710938772230_3912756848704318530_n.jpg?w=768&amp;h=576 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14925451_1345710938772230_3912756848704318530_n.jpg 960w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" /></a><em>*Small plot of herbs planted by soldiers on duty in the Old City of Aleppo.</em></span></p>
  682. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The small bus ferrying over a dozen journalists and a very alert special forces soldier, Ali, to the Old City at one point suddenly bolted ahead. A sniper was staked out to our left, in an area occupied by terrorist factions roughly 500 meters away, we were told.</span></p>
  683. <p><span style="color:#000000;">After entering the Old City, and crossing a street shielded from sniper fire by an earthen embankment and a metal screen, at times the only means of continuing on in the Old City was by stepping through holes hammered into the walls connecting buildings. By crossing through buildings, we avoided the snipers who are ready fire on anyone who moves on the street.</span></p>
  684. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Across the narrow street, a shock of greenery stood in stark contrast to the grey tones of destruction created by years of fighting against some of the worst terrorism the world has ever known.</span></p>
  685. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Rami, a Syrian soldier from Banias, explained that he had planted herbs and green onions here as he did when he had been stationed along the desert-like Ithriya-Khanasser road in the past. Rami’s soft smile and kind demeanor betrayed his personal loss: a brother killed while serving in the SAA.</span></p>
  686. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14910370_1345711108772213_5242488878699783177_n.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="20969" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/14910370_1345711108772213_5242488878699783177_n/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14910370_1345711108772213_5242488878699783177_n.jpg" data-orig-size="960,720" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="14910370_1345711108772213_5242488878699783177_n" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14910370_1345711108772213_5242488878699783177_n.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14910370_1345711108772213_5242488878699783177_n.jpg?w=620&#038;h=465" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-20969" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14910370_1345711108772213_5242488878699783177_n.jpg?w=620&#038;h=465" alt="14910370_1345711108772213_5242488878699783177_n" width="620" height="465" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14910370_1345711108772213_5242488878699783177_n.jpg?w=620&amp;h=465 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14910370_1345711108772213_5242488878699783177_n.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14910370_1345711108772213_5242488878699783177_n.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14910370_1345711108772213_5242488878699783177_n.jpg?w=768&amp;h=576 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14910370_1345711108772213_5242488878699783177_n.jpg 960w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" /></a></span></p>
  687. <p><span style="color:#000000;">While walking through the government-secured areas of Aleppo’s Old City, we came across a single vendor, Mahmoud. He used to sell traditional Arabic musical instruments, but circumstances have forced him to abandon that business in favor of selling basic goods to roughly 25 customers per day. He refuses to leave the Old City, where he’s only about 200 meters from the Nusra Front and other Jaysh al-Fatah militants.</span></p>
  688. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“I’m an ordinary person,” Mahmoud said. “They destroyed everything.”</span></p>
  689. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Walking past devastated shop after devastated shop, and through the graceful arches of covered markets typical of old Syrian cities, MP Fares Shehabi pointed out:</span></p>
  690. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><i>“You see the blackened ceilings? That’s from when the terrorists withdrew. They set fires to stall the advance of the Syrian army, and also to try to hide their looting. They cannot accuse the army of having bombed here, the roof is intact.”</i></span></p>
  691. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Exiting from this particular market area, we came to a sandbagged, partially-screened area. We were given stern orders not to move forward: The famous Aleppo Citadel was ahead, and to the left and right of our position at the destroyed Carlton Hotel, terrorist snipers lay in wait.</span></p>
  692. <p><span style="color:#000000;">When terrorists detonated mass amounts of explosives in tunnels underneath the Carlton Hotel in May 2014, Col. Abu Majed told us that “all of Aleppo felt it.”</span></p>
  693. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“They have bombed over 20 historic buildings via tunnels,” Shehabi said. “If they were real Syrians, they would not bomb historical buildings.”</span></p>
  694. <p><span style="color:#000000;">At least 7,500 shops in the Old City are gone, lost to burning, looting and utter destruction. “That’s 7,500 families,” Shehabi reminded us.</span></p>
  695.  
  696. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/14937202_1345711452105512_6410230462884353193_n-2/'><img width="225" height="300" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14937202_1345711452105512_6410230462884353193_n.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" class="attachment-medium size-medium" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14937202_1345711452105512_6410230462884353193_n.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300 225w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14937202_1345711452105512_6410230462884353193_n.jpg?w=450 450w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14937202_1345711452105512_6410230462884353193_n.jpg?w=113 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" data-attachment-id="20970" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/14937202_1345711452105512_6410230462884353193_n-2/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14937202_1345711452105512_6410230462884353193_n.jpg" data-orig-size="720,960" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="14937202_1345711452105512_6410230462884353193_n" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14937202_1345711452105512_6410230462884353193_n.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14937202_1345711452105512_6410230462884353193_n.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  697. <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/14963408_1345712925438698_1798803675979132406_n-2/'><img width="300" height="300" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14963408_1345712925438698_1798803675979132406_n.jpg?w=300&#038;h=300" class="attachment-medium size-medium" alt="" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14963408_1345712925438698_1798803675979132406_n.jpg?w=300&#038;h=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14963408_1345712925438698_1798803675979132406_n.jpg?w=600 600w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14963408_1345712925438698_1798803675979132406_n.jpg?w=150 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-attachment-id="20972" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/14963408_1345712925438698_1798803675979132406_n-2/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14963408_1345712925438698_1798803675979132406_n.jpg" data-orig-size="960,960" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="14963408_1345712925438698_1798803675979132406_n" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14963408_1345712925438698_1798803675979132406_n.jpg?w=300&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/14963408_1345712925438698_1798803675979132406_n.jpg?w=620" /></a>
  698.  
  699. <h2><span style="color:#000000;"><b>Visiting frontline targeted areas</b></span></h2>
  700. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The Syrian Catholic Church of Aleppo still has a gaping hole in one wall since being hit by terrorist shelling roughly two years ago. At the time of the attack, the congregation was inside worshipping, the choir singing.</span></p>
  701. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6021.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="20974" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/dscn6021/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6021.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,4000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="dscn6021" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6021.jpg?w=225" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6021.jpg?w=477&#038;h=637" class="aligncenter wp-image-20974" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6021.jpg?w=477&#038;h=637" alt="dscn6021" width="477" height="637" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6021.jpg?w=477&amp;h=637 477w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6021.jpg?w=954&amp;h=1272 954w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6021.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6021.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6021.jpg?w=768&amp;h=1024 768w" sizes="(max-width: 477px) 100vw, 477px" /></a><em>The Syrian Catholic Church of Aleppo has been targeted with shelling five times by terrorist groups, including the Nusra Front, that occupy areas just 500 meters away. The shelling that left this hole occurred two years ago, while congregation members were worshipping, the choir singing. At least 10 people were injured. Nov. 2, 2016 (Photo: Eva Bartlett)</em></span></p>
  702. <p><span style="color:#000000;">A church leader said it had been targeted five times, the last incident apparently involving a rocket just a few weeks prior to our arrival. Terrorist factions were an estimated 300-500 meters away, he said.</span></p>
  703. <p><span style="color:#000000;">He estimated that one-third of the 1,350 families who used to worship there have fled to other areas of Syria or abroad, mainly due to safety concerns.</span></p>
  704. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“We were living in security and peace. These areas are being targeted, they want to force us to leave. Every Syrian is being targeted,” he told the delegation.</span></p>
  705. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Some of the remaining congregation members have chosen to worship in a narrow corridor inside the building over the past two years.</span></p>
  706. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Further in the city, the Maronite Church of Aleppo’s Bishop Joseph Topji said roughly two-thirds of his community of around 800 families have left, hoping to find safer conditions elsewhere.</span></p>
  707. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Inside a building belonging to the church, Bishop Topji welcomed us and explained:</span></p>
  708. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><i>“We don’t have a church now. We used to have two churches, but both are destroyed. We only have this place, a chapel which holds around 70 people.” </i></span></p>
  709. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Walking along darkened streets in Talal, an area historically rich with churches that are now destroyed or massively damaged, Shehabi urged caution: “We are 50 meters from al-Nusra. Beyond these buildings, the frontline.”</span></p>
  710. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/videos/vb.100000000104830/1275618492448142/?type=2&amp;theater">Rev. Ibrahim Nseir</a>, pastor of the Arab Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Aleppo, led us through the Christian areas of Talal, reminding us to remain as silent as possible.</span></p>
  711. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“No voices, because that will let them hear that we are here. It will be very dangerous,” he said quietly. “Quickly, <i>ya eini</i>… Please, everybody, quickly…”</span></p>
  712. <p><span style="color:#000000;">We then took a bus to Midan district, where we walked along the darkened streets. Our Syrian military accompaniment urged the group to stay together and listen carefully.</span></p>
  713. <p><span style="color:#000000;">As we walked, Rev. Nseir described attacks on schools and the area, an Armenian district, which was heavily hit.</span></p>
  714. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“Here we are in one of the most targeted places,” he said, pointing out ruts in the ground from mortar strikes.</span></p>
  715. <p><span style="color:#000000;">A local resident told us:</span></p>
  716. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><i>“On September 5, two gas canister bombs his this area, we had three martyrs, shebab around age 30. One was married with a 1-year-old child. Another was about to get married. Four days before his wedding, he was killed. Over six days in September, we received 85 shells.” </i></span></p>
  717. <p><span style="color:#000000;">As we walked, Shehabi cautioned: “<i>Bela dow, bela dow</i>—no light. There’s a sniper, guys, there’s a sniper. Turn off your lights.” The sniper was an estimated 1 km away, according to the locals walking with us, who said snipers sometimes come within 500 meters.</span></p>
  718. <p><span style="color:#000000;">With night settled in, it was difficult to ascertain the intensity of the damage, but the darkened homes and streets spoke volumes of a neighborhood abandoned by former residents with deep safety concerns.</span></p>
  719. <p class="wp-caption-text"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6025.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="20975" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/dscn6025/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6025.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="dscn6025" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6025.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6025.jpg?w=694&#038;h=521" class="aligncenter wp-image-20975" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6025.jpg?w=694&#038;h=521" alt="dscn6025" width="694" height="521" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6025.jpg?w=694&amp;h=521 694w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6025.jpg?w=1388&amp;h=1042 1388w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6025.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6025.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6025.jpg?w=768&amp;h=576 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6025.jpg?w=1024&amp;h=768 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 694px) 100vw, 694px" /></a><em>According to a representative of the Syrian Catholic Church of Aleppo, around one-third of the congregation’s 1,350 families have fled to other areas of Syria or even gone abroad, primarily seeking security and distance from the mortars and rockets of terrorist factions. Congregation members stopped worshiping in the church chapel two years ago after repeated instances of shelling. They now gather in a small interior corridor where they feel somewhat safer. Nov. 2, 2016. (Photo: Eva Bartlett)</em></span></p>
  720. <h2><span style="color:#000000;"><b>Aleppo’s religious leaders defy divisiveness </b></span></h2>
  721. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Inside his church, a new structure built about a year ago to replace the historic church destroyed by terrorists in years prior, Rev. Nseir introduced three Sunni leaders from the city: Dr. Rami Obeid, Dr. Rabih Kukeh, Sheikh Ahmed Ghazeli.</span></p>
  722. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“These Sunni leaders are considered ‘infidels’ by al-Nusra and company,” Nseir said, explaining that they don’t follow the distorted Wahhabi ideology guiding the Western-backed terrorist factions like the Nusra Front and others which had been deemed “moderate rebels” and “opposition forces.”</span></p>
  723. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Before turning the floor over to these religious leaders, Rev. Nseir noted:</span></p>
  724. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><i>“When the church was destroyed, the first person to call me was <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.rt.com/op-edge/240797-syria-moderate-voices-peace-stability/">Mufti Hassoun</a>, who told me, ‘Don’t worry, reverend, we’ll rebuild the church.’”</i></span></p>
  725. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Dr. Kukeh spoke generally on the multi-denominational culture of Syria:</span></p>
  726. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><i>“The mosaic we are living in Syria is incomparable to any way of living all over the world. Christians and Muslims, Sunnis and Shiites. There is no discrimination based on religion or sect. The propaganda spread throughout the media have no roots here.”</i></span></p>
  727. <p class="wp-caption-text"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6096.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="20976" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/dscn6096/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6096.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="dscn6096" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6096.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6096.jpg?w=620&#038;h=465" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-20976" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6096.jpg?w=620&#038;h=465" alt="dscn6096" width="620" height="465" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6096.jpg?w=620&amp;h=465 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6096.jpg?w=1240&amp;h=930 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6096.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6096.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6096.jpg?w=768&amp;h=576 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/dscn6096.jpg?w=1024&amp;h=768 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" /></a><em><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/videos/vb.100000000104830/1275618492448142/?type=2&amp;theater">Rev. Ibrahim Nseir</a>, pastor of the Arab Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Aleppo, with three top Sunni scholars and leaders, Dr. Rami Obeid, Rabih Kukeh, Sheikh Ahmed Ghazeli, who reject Wahhabism. Dr. Kukeh said of the terrorist factions: “Those who are killing the Sunnis are the same who claim that they are defending the Sunnis.” Nov. 2, 2016. (Photo: Eva Bartlett)</em></span></p>
  728. <p><span style="color:#000000;">In regards to the terrorists who portray themselves as freedom-fighting jihadists, Dr. Kukeh said:</span></p>
  729. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><i>“Those who are killing the Sunnis are the same who claim that they are defending the Sunnis. The shells that hit us daily are sent by them.” </i></span></p>
  730. <p><span style="color:#000000;">He named six Sunni sheikhs in Syria, most in Aleppo, who were assassinated by terrorists for not joining them. One of them, Sheikh Abdel Latif al-Shami, was tortured to death in July 2012.</span></p>
  731. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Dr. Kukeh, who said he named his oldest son after the former Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, “because I love that man,” explained that in 2012 he was living in eastern Aleppo when terrorists began to occupy districts there. He was targeted for assassination because he did not agree with the terrorists’ ideologies.</span></p>
  732. <p><span style="color:#000000;">He said he was convicted of charges related to his writing for a local publication, his son’s name, and a lack of anti-government demonstrations emanating from his mosque. Those demonstrations never occurred, he said, because he never encouraged them like other Wahhabi sheikhs did elsewhere.</span></p>
  733. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The conversation drifted from the source of terrorism in Syria, Wahhabism, and its distorted, un-Islamic nature, to the unity I’ve heard Syrians all over speak of. One of the sheikhs, his name lost in a flutter of voices, repeated what’s become a familiar sentiment among Syrian civilians and soldiers:</span></p>
  734. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong><i>“Aleppo is one, Syria is one. We reject the division of Aleppo, we reject the division of Syria.”</i></strong></span></p>
  735. <p style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:#000000;"><a style="color:#000000;" href="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_131730_edit.jpg"><img data-attachment-id="20973" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/aleppo-how-us-saudi-backed-rebels-target-every-syrian-war-diary-by-western-journalist-eva-bartlett-on-the-truth-about-aleppo/img_20161103_131730_edit/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_131730_edit.jpg" data-orig-size="1920,1634" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="img_20161103_131730_edit" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_131730_edit.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_131730_edit.jpg?w=620&#038;h=528" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-20973" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_131730_edit.jpg?w=620&#038;h=528" alt="img_20161103_131730_edit" width="620" height="528" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_131730_edit.jpg?w=620&amp;h=528 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_131730_edit.jpg?w=1240&amp;h=1056 1240w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_131730_edit.jpg?w=150&amp;h=128 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_131730_edit.jpg?w=300&amp;h=255 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_131730_edit.jpg?w=768&amp;h=654 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/img_20161103_131730_edit.jpg?w=1024&amp;h=871 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" /></a>*<em>The author with a Syrian soldier stationed to defend of Aleppo&#8217;s Old City.</em></span></p><br />Filed under: <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/al-zahraa/'>al-Zahra'a</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/aleppo/'>Aleppo</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/anti-imperialism/'>anti-imperialism</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/mortar-rocket-missile-hell-cannon-terrorism/'>mortar rocket missile Hell Cannon terrorism</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/sanctions-on-syria/'>Sanctions on Syria</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/sauds/'>sauds</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/syria-my-writings/'>Syria--my writings</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/turkey/'>turkey</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/un/'>UN</a>  <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=20955&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  743. <media:title type="html">On Oct. 20 and again on Nov. 4, the Syrian government and Russia opened eight humanitarian corridors established for civilians and militants who wished to flee terrorist-held areas of eastern Aleppo, including militants who wished to surrender their weapons under amnesty. However, no one left on Nov. 4. Many residents within eastern Aleppo have said they are being held hostage and used as human shields by terrorists who shoot upon people attempting to leave through the humanitarian corridors. [Photo by Eva Bartlett, Nov. 4, 2016]</media:title>
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  747. <media:title type="html">Homes opposite the terrorist car bombing blast in al-Zahra&#039;a, Homs © Eva Bartlett</media:title>
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  751. <media:title type="html">FSA prison building above ground</media:title>
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  775. <media:title type="html">Less than 100 metres away, the second of two mortars fired by terrorist factions less than 1 km from Castello Road on Nov. 4. The road and humanitarian corridor were targeted at least six times that day by terrorist factions. Nov. 4, 2016. (Photo: Eva Bartlett)</media:title>
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  813. <title>Overview of latest month-long visit to Syria (Aleppo and Damascus)</title>
  814. <link>https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/overview-of-latest-month-long-visit-to-syria-aleppo-and-damascus/</link>
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  816. <pubDate>Thu, 24 Nov 2016 19:05:42 +0000</pubDate>
  817. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
  818. <category><![CDATA[Aleppo]]></category>
  819. <category><![CDATA[medical]]></category>
  820. <category><![CDATA[mortar rocket missile Hell Cannon terrorism]]></category>
  821. <category><![CDATA[Russia]]></category>
  822. <category><![CDATA[Syria]]></category>
  823. <category><![CDATA[Syria--my writings]]></category>
  824. <category><![CDATA[turkey]]></category>
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  827. <description><![CDATA[*Nov 4, Castello road humanitarian crossing, shelled twice when I was there, and another 5 times, on a day meant to be for civilians to exit terrorist-occupied areas of Aleppo. No one exited. This is a brief update to say I&#8217;ve recently left Syria (two days ago) after a month there (My sixth visit since [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=20818&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  828. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><span style="color:#000000;"><img data-attachment-id="20853" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/overview-of-latest-month-long-visit-to-syria-aleppo-and-damascus/14980678_1342825855727405_1304013439245224914_n/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/14980678_1342825855727405_1304013439245224914_n.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="960,738" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="14980678_1342825855727405_1304013439245224914_n" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/14980678_1342825855727405_1304013439245224914_n.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/14980678_1342825855727405_1304013439245224914_n.jpg?w=620?w=620" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-20853" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/14980678_1342825855727405_1304013439245224914_n.jpg?w=620" alt="14980678_1342825855727405_1304013439245224914_n" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/14980678_1342825855727405_1304013439245224914_n.jpg?w=620 620w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/14980678_1342825855727405_1304013439245224914_n.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/14980678_1342825855727405_1304013439245224914_n.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/14980678_1342825855727405_1304013439245224914_n.jpg?w=768 768w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/14980678_1342825855727405_1304013439245224914_n.jpg 960w" sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px"   /></span></p>
  829. <p><span style="color:#000000;">*<em>Nov 4, Castello road humanitarian crossing, shelled twice when I was there, and another 5 times, on a day meant to be for civilians to exit terrorist-occupied areas of Aleppo. No one exited.</em></span></p>
  830. <p><span style="color:#000000;">This is a brief update to say I&#8217;ve recently left Syria (two days ago) after a month there (My sixth visit since my first eye-opening visit in April 2014). Articles to follow include interviews from two latest trips in November to Aleppo, as well as in Damascus, including:</span></p>
  831. <h3><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>ALEPPO VISITS:</strong></span></h3>
  832. <p><span style="color:#000000;">From November 2-5, I joined a group of Western journalists for my third trip to Aleppo since July, during which time we:</span></p>
  833. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Met with Aleppo MP Fares Shehabi, head of the Chamber of Industry, who briefed us on Turkey&#8217;s assault on and theft of Aleppo industries and Aleppo in general, and arranged for visits to important areas of the city.</span></p>
  834. <iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='620' height='379' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/cZBCA9hF6B4?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe>
  835. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-With Rev. Ibrahim Nseir and MP Shehabi, went to neighborhoods devastated by terrorists&#8217; shelling over the years; met with Christian and Muslim religious leaders who spoke love and unity, and very definitively against terrorism and for the sovereignty of Syria.</span></p>
  836. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Met with directors of al-Razi hospital and were there, and at the morgue, when some of the over 200 wounded and 18 martyred from the day&#8217;s terrorist bombings and snipings arrived on Nov 3. Account of that day of terror attacks and some of the victims on <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/posts/1341138452562812" target="_blank">this post</a>.</span></p>
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  838. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Went to Bustan al-Qasr and Castello road humanitarian corridors on Nov 4 when Syrians (and Russians) did everything in their power to enable civilians to leave terrorist-occupied areas to the safety of government-secured greater Aleppo. Efforts were foiled by terrorists. Castello road crossing was hit by two terrorist-fired mortars while there, the second less than 100 m away from where I was giving an interview to Syrian TV. Fuller account on <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://goo.gl/3XG8fU" target="_blank">this post</a>.</span></p>
  839. <p><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='620' height='379' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/gOoHLBpHHno?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></p>
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  846. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Visited liberated Bani Zeid and Lairamoun (which I&#8217;d <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.sott.net/article/327727-Eva-Bartlett-photo-essay-The-villages-in-Aleppo-ravaged-by-the-U-Ss-moderate-rebels" target="_blank">visited in August</a>), seeing an FSA underground prison, the remnants of terrorists&#8217; manufacturing of Hell Canon gas canister bombs, and more.</span></p>
  847. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Visited a centre housing Syrians displaced from eastern areas of Aleppo and sheltering for the past 4 years in government-secured greater Aleppo.<br />
  848. </span></p>
  849. <p><span id="more-20818"></span></p>
  850. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Visited the Old City, devastated by terrorists&#8217; occupation of the densely-packed neighbourhoods. [Short clips of sole vendor <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/posts/1345714918771832" target="_blank">here</a>]</span></p>
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  852. <div class="_46-h"><span style="color:#000000;"> </span></div>
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  857. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='620' height='379' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/fKf3tVGWu7Y?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
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  859. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><em>Simple footage from along Ramouseh road, Nov 5, 2016.</em></span></p>
  860. <p><span style="color:#000000;">When I traveled on Ramouseh in July, most drivers sped through as the risk of being sniped, or hit by mortars fired by Western-backed terrorists just beyond the cement factory in Sheikh Saeed was high.</span></p>
  861. <p><span style="color:#000000;">The Ramouseh road, along which most civilians and transport trucks (as well as Syrian army vehicles) enter Aleppo still remains a potential target for terrorists&#8217; attacks.</span></p>
  862. </div>
  863. <div id="watch-uploader-info"><span style="color:#000000;">*</span></div>
  864. <div>
  865. <p><span style="color:#000000;">My last visit to Aleppo, independently for one week (Nov 10-16), included visits to and meetings with:</span></p>
  866. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Two families who said they fled eastern areas of Aleppo occupied by terrorists in the past month, one family which fled along with over 40 other people, seizing the opportunity to do so at night while there was fighting between the terrorist factions and the Syrian army. The information he gave regarding life under terrorist rule confirmed that the terrorists treat all who do not march to their warped ideology as subhuman, punishing them for made up crimes and depriving them of food and life essentials, which terrorists hoard (this has been heard again and again in testimonies of others who fled eastern areas of Aleppo occupied by terrorists, as well as people in other regions of Syria, like Madaya and Yarmouk&#8230;). [One excerpt from interview with first family on <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://goo.gl/CzEeFM" target="_blank">this post</a>]</span></p>
  867. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-An association trying to provide care for children with cancer. The group faces many obstacles, one of the prime ones being the criminal Western sanctions on Syria, including on medicines and medical supplies. Some of the children cannot get treatment, period, others cannot get the nutrition they need to go with the treatment. </span></p>
  868. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-University hospital, where people were being treated for injuries from terrorist shellings and snipings. The patients I met were injured on various dates over the past couple of weeks, including a boy of about 7 years old, terrorist-sniped through his abdomen.</span></p>
  869. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><img data-attachment-id="20898" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/overview-of-latest-month-long-visit-to-syria-aleppo-and-damascus/dscn6623/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/dscn6623.jpg" data-orig-size="4000,3000" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="dscn6623" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/dscn6623.jpg?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/dscn6623.jpg?w=620" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-20898" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/dscn6623.jpg?w=483" alt="DSCN6623.jpg" width="483" height="362" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/dscn6623.jpg?w=483 483w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/dscn6623.jpg?w=966 966w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/dscn6623.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/dscn6623.jpg?w=300 300w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/dscn6623.jpg?w=768 768w" sizes="(max-width: 483px) 100vw, 483px" /></span></p>
  870. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Aleppo University residences housing well over 10,000 internally displaced Syrians from areas of Aleppo and its countryside for around 4 or more years. One of the residences was hit by a terrorist missile the week prior, killing four from one family.</span></p>
  871. <p><span style="color:#000000;">While at the Aleppo University residences, a woman stopped me to say hello. She spoke very articulately, about the situation in Aleppo.</span></p>
  872. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='620' height='379' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/OD2QCZjBSX4?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
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  874. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Dr. Ibrahim Hadid, Director of Aleppo&#8217;s University Hospital (and formerly of the terrorist-destroyed Kindi hospital). </span></p>
  875. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='620' height='379' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/mGlUKpzeQWw?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  876. <div>
  877. <p><span style="color:#000000;">While Dr. Ibrahim Hadid (formerly Director of the terrorist-destroyed Kindi hospital) spoke, a terrorist mortar hit just about 200 metres outside the hospital.</span></p>
  878. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='620' height='379' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/lt7PQKxXGpQ?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  879. <p><span style="color:#000000;">I stayed at the hospital for around 30 minutes, in the meantime seeing other recently-injured civilians, but no patients came into the hospital from this particular mortar. Later, meeting with Dr. Zaher Hajo, Head of Forensics in Aleppo, he confirmed that while that mortar didn&#8217;t lead to any deaths, other terrorist bombings on Sulimaniya and New Aleppo killed 4 civilians.</span></p>
  880. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Dr. Zaher Hajo, Head of Forensics in Aleppo, to discuss the number of civilian murders (by terrorist bombings and snipings) over the past 5 years—nearly 11,000.</span></p>
  881. <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8211;<a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/pierrelecorf">Pierre Le Corf</a>, a dear friend, who spoke of the humanitarian work he and local youths are doing, giving first aid training to families in areas most heavily hit by terrorist shellings and snipings, as well as activities to help boost the moral and confidence of youths suffering this dirty war on Syria.</span></p>
  882. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-The opening of an exhibition of goods hand-made by women in Aleppo. One of the main organizers and trainers in teaching skills emphasized her desire that people stay in Aleppo, in Syria, and that women work, not stay at home, when possible. Many of the women, while showing beautiful products and smiles, shared the pain they bear inside from the years of war on Syria and their own immense personal losses.</span></p>
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  886. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='620' height='379' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/0cc1agDxkws?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></span></p>
  887. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Interviewing some of Aleppo&#8217;s <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://goo.gl/99E95A" target="_blank">brave journalists</a>, and being hosted on “Hone Halab” (Here is Aleppo) by Shadi Helwe. [Link <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/EvaBoBeeva/posts/1350397768303547" target="_blank">here</a>]</span></p>
  888. <p><img data-attachment-id="20986" data-permalink="https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/overview-of-latest-month-long-visit-to-syria-aleppo-and-damascus/15109480_1361739527169371_1731095223138324341_n/" data-orig-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/15109480_1361739527169371_1731095223138324341_n.jpg?w=620" data-orig-size="480,360" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="15109480_1361739527169371_1731095223138324341_n" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/15109480_1361739527169371_1731095223138324341_n.jpg?w=620?w=300" data-large-file="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/15109480_1361739527169371_1731095223138324341_n.jpg?w=620?w=480" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-20986" src="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/15109480_1361739527169371_1731095223138324341_n.jpg?w=620" alt="15109480_1361739527169371_1731095223138324341_n" srcset="https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/15109480_1361739527169371_1731095223138324341_n.jpg 480w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/15109480_1361739527169371_1731095223138324341_n.jpg?w=150 150w, https://ingaza.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/15109480_1361739527169371_1731095223138324341_n.jpg?w=300 300w" sizes="(max-width: 480px) 100vw, 480px"   /></p>
  889. <p><span style="color:#000000;">*Photo <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1361739527169371&amp;set=a.105586576118012.10534.100000000104830&amp;type=3&amp;theater&amp;notif_t=like&amp;notif_id=1481039223160303">taken following</a> an insightful interview with Pierre Le Corf, living in Aleppo and recounting some of the tragedies he has seen, friends and neighbours wounded or killed by militant bombings, and with myself, and Helwi&#8217;s <em>&#8220;Hone Halab&#8221;, Here is Aleppo</em>.</span></p>
  890. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-The Old City to the closest vantage point possible to the majestic Citadel. This time with just two other people (a journalist and a soldier, for safety), I got a very personal feel of the old city, with both speaking nostalgically about the different shops and lanes and time they&#8217;d spent there. Some areas were quite close to al-Nusra, down a street and behind sniper screens, at times 50 m away. Standing at the destroyed Carlton and looking towards the Citadel, my friend with me kept saying his heart was going to break at not being able to go to the Citadel and also at the destruction of his beloved Old City, thanks to the terrorists and Erdogan&#8217;s criminal ambitions in Aleppo.</span></p>
  891. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-The main public park, ravaged by terrorist shelling but also filled with life, people determined not to be cowed by terrorism, as are Aleppo and Syria. [photos and text on <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://goo.gl/aZyXLt" target="_blank">this post</a>]</span></p>
  892. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-The 1070 Housing complex liberated from western-backed terrorists on November 8, and speaking with some of the people who had been living there but cannot now due to the devastation, thanks to the embedding of terrorists there and by the terrorists themselves. </span></p>
  893. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Dr. Nabil Antaki, who I&#8217;d met on prior visits, this time discussing the media bias against Aleppo and Syria in general, including how repeatedly Western journalists who have deigned to interview Dr. Antaki have not fairly portrayed his testimony, or not at all.</span></p>
  894. </div>
  895. <p><span style="color:#000000;"><b>IN DAMASCUS:</b></span></p>
  896. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Attending Foreign Minister Walid Muallem&#8217;s press conference on November 20.Also at that press conference, I finally met the wonderful Syrian journalist, Mohamed Ali, who in his excellent English gave an overview of the main points Minister Muallem addressed in the press conference.</span></p>
  897. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Meeting with the founder and general manager of the Saaed Association, Essam Habbal, and learning more about the volunteer group&#8217;s origins, and all of the humanitarian/social work, their activities to help impoverished Syrians, children, elderly, disabled, IDPs, and more soon. Groups like Saaed reflect the spirit of Syrians, and wherever I&#8217;ve gone in Syria I&#8217;ve seen Syrians volunteering and helping others even when they themselves are not living easy lives. [For a little more on Saaed, on prior visits I&#8217;ve written about their volunteers and initiatives: Ramadan 2016: <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://ahtribune.com/in-depth/1093-life-in-syria.html" target="_blank">http://ahtribune.com/in-depth/1093-life-in-syria.html</a>][Christmas 2015: dissidentvoice.org/2015/12/christmas-magic-in-terror-ravaged-syria/]</span></p>
  898. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Many days of mortars on Damascus. For example, on Nov 6, one of terrorist mortars which targeted the old city caused the death of a young engineering graduate from Aleppo staying in the Bab Touma area. Most afternoons, I heard the sound of mortars, usually hitting around Bab Touma and along the narrow streets of the Old City, sometimes hundreds of metres away, sometimes less. Syrians have lived with this terrorism for years, to deaf Western media and leaders&#8217; ears. [related: <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-backed-terrorism-in-syria-a-first-hand-account-of-the-use-of-mortars-against-civilians/5401390">US-Backed Terrorism in Syria: A First-Hand Account of the Use of Mortars Against Civilians</a> ]</span></p>
  899. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Visiting a branch of The Syrian Trust For Development, in the Barzeh district of Damascus, which works to train women in work and business skills, among other things.</span></p>
  900. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Visiting a prosthetic limbs factory in Damascus, learning of some of the obstacles they face (again, especially due to criminal Western sanctions which ban even the materials used to manufacture artificial limbs) and meeting some of the brave amputees determined to go on and resume life, including some Syrian soldiers who intend to go back to defending Syria.</span></p>
  901. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Meeting with the Minister of Higher Education, to learn about how university studies have been affected by the war on Syria as well as the criminal Western sanctions, and how the Ministry has dealt with these issues.</span></p>
  902. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Prayers for peace event on Oct 31, at the Melkite (Greek) Catholic Patriarchate, also known as the Zeitoun Church, with youth and various Christian leaders participating.</span></p>
  903. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-A fascinating discussion over the course of a few hours with Syrian journalist Rafiq Lotfe who broke the story of actor “Syrian Danny”, the British-accented Syrian fake who appeared on CNN with host Anderson Cooper, staging videos in which he claimed hundreds were killed by the Syrian army. For those who know one of the videos which Rafiq exposed Danny as lying in, Danny can be seen calmly talking to his fellow actors, asking for a mattress, discussing the antics to be staged just minutes later when an entirely different Danny (seemingly frightened and now with&#8211;staged&#8211; war sounds in the background) is shown.</span></p>
  904. <p><span style="color:#000000;">More to follow on these subjects and more.</span></p>
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  958. <title>Syria Interviews with Sean Stone on Watching the Hawks</title>
  959. <link>https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/syria-interviews-with-sean-stone-on-watching-the-hawks/</link>
  960. <comments>https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/syria-interviews-with-sean-stone-on-watching-the-hawks/#comments</comments>
  961. <pubDate>Tue, 01 Nov 2016 09:29:16 +0000</pubDate>
  962. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
  963. <category><![CDATA[Aleppo]]></category>
  964. <category><![CDATA[Ambassador al-Ja'afari]]></category>
  965. <category><![CDATA[media lies]]></category>
  966. <category><![CDATA[mortar rocket missile Hell Cannon terrorism]]></category>
  967. <category><![CDATA[Russia]]></category>
  968. <category><![CDATA[sauds]]></category>
  969. <category><![CDATA[Syria]]></category>
  970. <category><![CDATA[Syria--my interviews]]></category>
  971. <category><![CDATA[turkey]]></category>
  972. <category><![CDATA[White Helmets al Qaeda]]></category>
  973. <category><![CDATA[Yarmouk]]></category>
  974.  
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  976. <description><![CDATA[Two parts to an interview done with Sean Stone on Watching the Hawks in October, 2016. -Putting a Human Face to Suffering in Syria w/ Eva Bartlett, Oct 18, 2016, Watching the Hawks (shared on their Facebook page) -A Different Perspective on Syria w/ Eva Bartlett, Oct 20, 2016, Watching the Hawks (shared on their Facebook [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=20805&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  977. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><span style="color:#000000;">Two parts to an interview done with Sean Stone on Watching the Hawks in October, 2016.</span><br />
  978. <iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='620' height='379' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/9wgkjkJb8jo?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></p>
  979. <p><span style="color:#000000;">-Putting a Human Face to Suffering in Syria w/ Eva Bartlett, Oct 18, 2016, <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://Putting a Human Face to Suffering in Syria w/ Eva Bartlett" target="_blank">Watching the Hawks</a> (shared on their <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/WatchingTheHawks/videos/1796430913945716/" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>)</span></p>
  980. <p><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='620' height='379' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/mkCqZUZhLnk?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe><br />
  981. <span style="color:#000000;"> -A Different Perspective on Syria w/ Eva Bartlett, Oct 20, 2016, <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkCqZUZhLnk&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">Watching the Hawks</a> (shared on their <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.facebook.com/WatchingTheHawks/videos/1797713870484087/" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>)</span></p><br />Filed under: <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/aleppo/'>Aleppo</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/ambassador-al-jaafari/'>Ambassador al-Ja'afari</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/media-lies/'>media lies</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/mortar-rocket-missile-hell-cannon-terrorism/'>mortar rocket missile Hell Cannon terrorism</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/russia/'>Russia</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/sauds/'>sauds</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/syria/'>Syria</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/syria-my-interviews/'>Syria--my interviews</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/turkey/'>turkey</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/white-helmets-al-qaeda/'>White Helmets al Qaeda</a>, <a href='https://ingaza.wordpress.com/category/yarmouk/'>Yarmouk</a>  <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=20805&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  989. <title>UN covers up war crimes in Syria, citing U.S. backed Al-Qaeda propagandists</title>
  990. <link>https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/un-covers-up-war-crimes-in-syria-citing-u-s-backed-al-qaeda-propagandists/</link>
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  992. <pubDate>Tue, 01 Nov 2016 09:14:39 +0000</pubDate>
  993. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
  994. <category><![CDATA[Aleppo]]></category>
  995. <category><![CDATA[media lies]]></category>
  996. <category><![CDATA[NGO war-mongers]]></category>
  997. <category><![CDATA[Syria]]></category>
  998. <category><![CDATA[Syria--my writings]]></category>
  999. <category><![CDATA[UN]]></category>
  1000. <category><![CDATA[White Helmets al Qaeda]]></category>
  1001.  
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  1003. <description><![CDATA[Oct 29, 2016, The Duran &#8211;EVA BARTLETT Once again, unnamed sources and al-Qaeda in White Helmets are claiming that either the Syrian or Russian air force are responsible for deaths of civilians, this time an alleged 22 children in Idlib province. Once again, American claims need no actual proof and defy damning satellite imagery contradicting [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=20790&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
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  1005. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Oct 29, 2016, <a href="http://theduran.com/idlib-school-attack-and-how-the-un-covers-up-actual-war-crimes-citing-al-qaeda-propagandists-in-syria/" target="_blank">The Duran</a></span></p>
  1006. <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8211;<a class="meta-author url" style="color:#000000;" title="View all posts by Eva Bartlett" href="http://theduran.com/author/eva-bartlett/" rel="author">EVA BARTLETT</a></span></p>
  1007. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Once again, unnamed sources and al-Qaeda in White Helmets are claiming that either the Syrian or Russian air force are responsible for deaths of civilians, this time an alleged 22 children in Idlib province.</span></p>
  1008. <p class="p1"><span class="s1" style="color:#000000;">Once again, American claims need no actual proof and defy damning satellite imagery contradicting the accusations.</span></p>
  1009. <p class="p1"><span class="s1" style="color:#000000;">Once again, the hypocrisy not only of American exceptionalism but also of the United Nations is staggering.</span></p>
  1010. <p class="p1"><span class="s1" style="color:#000000;">Regarding unsubstantiated accusations of an attack on what Western and White Helmets spokespeople are claiming was an airstrike on a school complex in Hass, Idlib, on October 26, UNICEF cried “war crimes”. With supreme audacity, UNICEF<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>Executive Director Anthony Lake further <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.unicef.org/media/media_92967.html" target="_blank"><span class="s2">claimed</span></a> that this “airstrike” may be “the deadliest attack on a school since the war began more than five years ago.”</span></p>
  1011. <p class="p1"><span class="s1" style="color:#000000;">Perhaps Lake was otherwise distracted when on October 1, 2014, terrorists <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/syrian-rebels-kill-45-civilians-homs-childrens-school/" target="_blank"><span class="s2">car and suicide bombed</span></a> the Akrama Al-Makhzoumi School in Homs, killing at least 41 children by conservative estimates, or <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/syria-security-officials-sacked-school-bombing-190405688.html?ref=gs" target="_blank"><span class="s2">up to 48 children</span></a> by other reports, along with women and other civilians.</span></p>
  1012. <p class="p1"><span class="s1" style="color:#000000;">Even when different phoneticisations of the Arabic name are searched, no similar statement of condemnation and anguish for the children murdered at the Akrama school bombings can be found on UNICEF’s website, even prior to Lake.</span></p>
  1013. <p class="p1"><span class="s1" style="color:#000000;">Nor can any mention be found of documented recent terrorist shelling attacks on schools in greater, government-secured Aleppo.</span></p>
  1014. <p class="p1"><span class="s1" style="color:#000000;">Nor can any mention be found of the terrorist shelling of That al-Nitaqain elementary school in Dara’a on October 11, which in <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://sana.sy/en/?p=90185" target="_blank"><span class="s2">early reports</span></a> had killed at least 5 students and critically-injured others.</span></p>
  1015. <p class="p3"><span class="s1" style="color:#000000;">Western-backed terrorists have a history of attacking schools throughout Syria; the lives of these students seemingly don’t matter to the UN body purporting to be concerned for<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>the lives of children around the world.</span></p>
  1016. <p class="p3"><span class="s1" style="color:#000000;">In actual fact, the UN is covering up the war crimes of terrorists the West backs.</span></p>
  1017. <p class="p1"><span class="s1" style="color:#000000;"><b>Absurdities of West’s Latest Claims</b></span></p>
  1018. <p class="p1"><span class="s1" style="color:#000000;">Western officials and slavish media are reporting “almost two dozen children” killed in an “airstrike” on the Idlib schools, relying on the usual sources completely lacking in credibility: the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, run by Rami Abdul Rahman in his UK shop-office; unnamed activists; and the so-called White Helmets, funded to the tune of <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://21stcenturywire.com/2016/10/02/the-white-helmets-campaign-for-war-not-peace-rla-and-nobel-peace-prize-nomination-should-be-retracted/" target="_blank"><span class="s2">up to US$ 100 million</span></a> by Western governments and operating solely in al-Nusra areas of Syria, and frequently seen holding guns themselves, as well as standing on the dead bodies of Syrian soldiers.</span></p>
  1019. <p class="p1"><span class="s1" style="color:#000000;">Aside from the issue of these dodgy sources, the claims themselves of Russian or Syrian airstrikes have very easily and quickly been debunked not only by the Russian Ministry of Defence with its satellite imagery of the area, but also by the exercise of common sense based on the photos presented as “evidence” by said dubious sources.</span></p>
  1020. <p class="p3"><span class="s1" style="color:#000000;">Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov in a statement <a style="color:#000000;" href="https://www.rt.com/news/364454-russia-idlib-school-comment/" target="_blank"><span class="s2">said</span></a>:</span></p>
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  1022. <p class="p3"><span class="s1" style="color:#000000;">“As can be seen from the photos taken by the drone, there are no signs of damage to the roof of the school, or craters from airstrikes around it.</span></p>
  1023. <p class="p3"><span class="s1" style="color:#000000;">We have analysed the photo and video ‘evidence’ of the supposed attack. The video published in a range of Western media outlets appears to consist of more than 10 different shots, filmed at different times of the day, and in different resolutions that were edited into a single clip.</span></p>
  1024. <p class="p3"><span class="s1" style="color:#000000;">The photograph published by AFP shows that only one wall of the school is damaged, and all the desks inside the classroom are in place. The outer fence seen through the hole has no traces of damage from bomb fragments. In a genuine airstrike this is physically impossible – the furniture would have been swept away by the blast wave, and there would have been damage marks on the classroom wall and the outer fence.”</span></p>
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  1039. <title>Killed in Turkey: No investigation two years after suspicious death of American journalist Serena Shim</title>
  1040. <link>https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/killed-in-turkey-no-investigation-two-years-after-suspicious-death-of-american-journalist-serena-shim/</link>
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  1042. <pubDate>Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:49:01 +0000</pubDate>
  1043. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Eva Bartlett]]></dc:creator>
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  1052. <description><![CDATA[Oct 20, 2016, The Duran  (republished at Global Research) &#8211;EVA BARTLETT October 19 marks two years since the very sudden and suspicious death of American journalist Serena Shim near Suruç, Turkey, close to the Syrian border. Although all signs point to foul play, indeed murder, by Turkish intelligence, until now the US government has neither [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=ingaza.wordpress.com&#038;blog=5639306&#038;post=20759&#038;subd=ingaza&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
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  1054. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Oct 20, 2016, <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://theduran.com/killed-in-turkey-no-investigation-two-years-after-suspicious-death-of-american-journalist/" target="_blank">The Duran</a> </span></p>
  1055. <p><span style="color:#000000;">(republished at <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.globalresearch.ca/american-journalist-killed-in-turkey-for-revealing-the-truth-regarding-isis-daesh/5551946" target="_blank">Global Research</a>)</span></p>
  1056. <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8211;<a class="meta-author url" style="color:#000000;" title="View all posts by Eva Bartlett" href="http://theduran.com/author/eva-bartlett/" rel="author">EVA BARTLETT</a></span></p>
  1057. <p><span style="color:#000000;">October 19 marks two years since the very sudden and suspicious death of American journalist Serena Shim near Suruç, Turkey, close to the Syrian border.</span></p>
  1058. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Although all signs point to foul play, indeed murder, by Turkish intelligence, until now the US government has neither conducted nor demanded an inquiry into the events of the alleged car accident which Turkish officials say was the cause of Shim’s death, let alone offer condolences to the family.</span></p>
  1059. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Serena Shim was at the time reporting on Ayn al-Arab (Kobani), from the Turkish side. She was, in her own words, one of the first, if not the first, on the ground to report on ,“Takfiri militants going in through the Turkish border”. These include not only ISIS but also terrorists from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA).</span></p>
  1060. <p><span style="color:#000000;">As Shim’s sister Fatmeh Shim <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/defenders-a-young-reporters-mysterious-death_20151201031102122" target="_blank">stated in 2015</a>, “She caught them bringing in ISIS high-ranked members into Syria from Turkey into camps, which are supposed to be Syrian refugee camps.”</span></p>
  1061. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Serena Shim’s January 2013 expose, “Turkey’s Pivotal Role in Syria’s Insurgency: PressTV Report from Inside Turkey,” showed footage of what she estimated to be 300 semi-trucks “awaiting militants to empty them out”; included testimony explaining how Turkey enables the crossing of foreign terrorists “freely” into Syria; spoke of the funneling of arms via the Incirlik US Air Base in Turkey to terrorists in refugee camps or on through to Syria; and highlighted the issue of terrorist training camps portrayed as refugee camps, guarded by the Turkish military.</span></p>
  1062. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Shim named the World Food Organization as one of the NGOs whose trucks were being used to funnel terrorists’ arms into Syria, and stated this in her last interview, just one day before being killed. Notably, in that interview she also explicitly stated that she feared for her life because Turkish intelligence had accused her of being a spy. She told Press TV:</span></p>
  1063. <blockquote><p><span style="color:#000000;">“Turkey has been labeled by Reporters Without Borders as the largest prison for journalists, so I am a bit frightened about what they might use against me… I’m hoping that nothing is going to happen, that it’s going to blow over. I would assume that they are going to take me in for questioning, and the next hope is that my lawyer is good enough to get me out as soon as possible.”</span></p></blockquote>
  1064. <p><span style="color:#000000;">Two days later, Press TV announced her death, stating:</span></p>
  1065. <blockquote><p><span style="color:#000000;">“Serena was killed in a reported car accident when she was returning from a report scene in the city of Suruch in Turkey’s Urfa province. She was going back to her hotel in Urfa when their car collided with a heavy vehicle.”</span></p></blockquote>
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  1067. <p><span style="color:#000000;">This was the official version of her death, although in subsequent versions the story changed. In a report one month later, Russia Today (RT) spoke with Shim’s sister, who said:</span></p>
  1068. <blockquote><p><span style="color:#000000;">“There’s so many different stories. The first was that Serena’s car was hit by a heavy vehicle, who proceeded to keep on driving. They could not find the vehicle nor could they find the driver. Two days later, surprisingly, they had found the vehicle and the driver, and had pictures of the heavy vehicle hitting my sister’s car. Every day coming out with new pictures of different degrees of damages that have happened to the car.”</span></p>
  1069. <p><span style="color:#000000;">“Serena and my cousin who was the driver of the car were taken to two different hospitals. She was reported first dead at the scene. Then coming out with later reports that she passed away at the hospital 30 minutes later from heart failure?! ”</span></p></blockquote>
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