Updates from on the Ground in Syria: June to August 11, 2016

Since June 13, 2016, I have been visiting different regions of Syria but have not had sufficient time to post regularly.  However, until I am able to, I will share some brief updates I had shared on social media, and otherwise refer to my writings/photos/videos from my prior 4 visits.

Down the Terrorist-Sniped Road to Aleppo, the Only Entrance to a City of over 1.5 Million (July visit)

Down the Terrorist-Sniped Road to Aleppo, the Only Entrance to a City of over 1.5 Million (July visit)

Going through my files, I found two short clips. In the first clip, the driver says terrorists are 200 metres from the cement factory we will pass. The second video is driving along the road in Ramouseh neighbourhood, a road which is heavily sniped by terrorists occupying the region beyond the cement factory in Sheikh Saeed. This is the only means for Aleppo’s residents to exit/enter, as well as the trucks which supply the city with produce, meat, medicines, fuel… When terrorists cut the road, Aleppo citizens suffer.

When I visited Aleppo the first week of July, I wrote the following in a notebook:

Entering the outskirts of the city, driver points to a cement factory roughly 400 m away. Beyond that factory, in Sheikh Saeed, terrorists, he says. We pass barrels stacked to screen cars from terrorist snipers’ bullets, then embankments of sand and earth, for the same purpose. Dipping into a small valley, a block of apartments in al-Ramouseh is in view.

The driver opens the car windows, explaining that, “here many mortars fall” (in which case, better to have window open, in…

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