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[GOOD FOOTAGE BUT INTERVIEW IS IN FRENCH]
In the heart of Aleppo deserted end of October. Free Syrian Army fighters will deliver a war of position against troops of Bashar Al-Assad. In
the Bustan Al-Bacha district, a few civilians who are still on-site
shall pass through Dar Al-Ajazi avenue to flee the fighting. But the axis has become the hunting ground of the snipers.
Photographer Jérôme Sessini filmed these fights using a small camera attached to her bust. He tells.
Interview by Antonin Sabot and Marie Sumalla
Translation of the interview.
"One of the great danger In Aleppo is just to move with fighters. You
can't move alone. First of all, the great danger are snipers and the
front lines are very moving, a neighborhood under FSA's control one day
can be retaken by ASA on the night and if you're not aware, you can
come upon Syrian soldiers and get killed or arrested.
I follow a young fighter who get me on Al-Erkoub (??) front. He's 22, he used to be a student then got enlisted by force in the ASA,
deserted shortly after the Beginning of the Revolution. He gets me into
a civil neighborhood totally wasted by bombing and whose inhabitants
It's completely abandoned and has become a FSA position.
We are in second line, the first front line is 500 m (550 yrds) in front of us and Bashar's positions is 650 yards away roughly.
Most of the fighters i've met were young, 20-25 years old, some of them
were deserters and some other simply students or working men. On the
other hand, the fighters on the very first front line have more
mercenaries profiles. I couldn't take picture of them, i saw them
quickly but they were rather hostile to me. One of the condition to
remain with this group was not to get close to the men of the first
Here is Mustan Al Basha area, the main avenue is called Aralatshazy (??)
Avenue, it links a liberated part of the area with one which is still
under ASA's control. There are civilians who live there and are obliged
to cross that avenue though there are snipers who shoot at them.
I saw in two hours three civilians get shot including one killed. It
can't be a mistake, it's clearly deliberated for the snipers to fire on
I think it's a terror and wearing down strategy so that -thinks the regime-, the population turn against rebels."
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