02/19/2013 - #Syria - Aleppo - Rescuing the wounded and lifting the bodies after SCUD missile attack on Jabal Badr neighborhood
After strenuous recovery efforts, residents were finally able to extract this boy from underneath the rubble. The child was trapped after Assad forces bombarded homes in Maarret Misreen with MiG fighter jets. This footage showing his rescue and body parts littering the area was uploaded on November 3, 2012.
Viewer discretion advised. Scenes are distressing.
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ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News
Al-Assad forces fired on a Turkish-flagged search and rescue plane which rushed into Syrian airspace to locate the downed Turkish jet and its two missing pilots, Western diplomats reveal to Hürriyet Daily News
By Serkan Demirtaşserkan.email@example.com
Syrian security forces fired on a Turkish-flagged search and rescue plane which rushed into Syrian airspace to locate the downed Turkish F4 jet and its two missing pilots June 22, the Hürriyet Daily News has learned from Western diplomatic sources.
“[In addition to] what we have seen in the media, we have been informed that Syrian forces opened fire on another Turkish plane [which had come to the region] as part of the search and rescue operation,” sources told the Daily News on the condition of anonymity.
This information was shared with the ambassadors and defense attachés of the Arab League, European Union and NATO countries during a briefing at the Foreign Ministry yesterday. The Turkish search and rescue plane immediately left Syrian airspace after the shots. Local eyewitnesses reported a second plane leaving the same region over the Mediterranean Sea the afternoon of June 22, which could possibly be this Turkish search and rescue plane. Amid sound and fury over the shooting down of the Turkish jet, there was also another row between Turkey and Syria on the coordination of the search and rescue operation. The Syrian side offered to conduct a joint operation but attached certain conditions.
One of the conditions was that Syria wanted to seize the Turkish jet and take the Turkish pilots for the completion of necessary procedures as they had been in Syrian territorial waters. The Turkish side strongly rejected the idea and informed Syrian forces that Turkey would carry out its own search and rescue operations and would not leave its pilots and jet in the hands of Syria.
For this reason Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu denied that there was a joint search and rescue operation with Syria in his remarks yesterday. “This cannot be described as a joint operation. We are in coordination with the Syrians as this operation is being carried out in their territorial waters,” Davutoğlu said. The search and rescue operation is expected to end tomorrow.
In the same briefing, Turkey told foreign ambassadors that Syrian air forces had violated the Turkish border five times in recent months but had not been intercepted as these had not been considered “hostile” moves. The Turkish side implemented rules of engagement in these cases but did not respond to them in the way Syria did to the Turkish jet.
Searches go on for hit jet
ANKARATurkey sent additional vessels to the eastern Mediterranean after the wreckage of the downed jet was identified at a depth of 1,300 meters in the Mediterranean Sea. “Our priority is to save our pilots. We have sent another search and rescue vessel to the area [where] we believe our jet fell..The sea depth is around 1,300 meters in the region” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said and requested steadiness from the families of the two pilots. The missing pilots are Capt. Gökhan Ertan and Lt. Hüseyin Aksoy. Turkish naval and air forces have been carrying out search and rescue operations since late Friday but no wreckage of the plane or pilots could be found. A vessel equipped with the technology necessary for a more detailed search has already been dispatched to the area to assist ongoing efforts of Turkish and Syrian guard boats.
By Michael Weiss Last updated: February 29th, 2012
A wounded Syrian boy lies half-buried in a shelled house in Baba Amr (Photo: AFP/Getty)
I’ve just had a chilling Skype conversation with a resident in Homs who wishes to be identified as “Sammy”. He’s in an area of the city close to Baba Amr, though for his safety I won’t disclose it.
Sammy told me that the shelling started in the late afternoon there and it “was one of the most terrible days we have ever seen. Everything was shaking”.
So is Sammy. It’s snowing in Homs right now and I could hear his voice quaver from the cold. He’s using a satellite phone to connect to the internet and his laptop runs on a battery that also, inconveniently, has to heat his home. Our conversation was brief.
Sammy confirmed that intense gun battles have raged throughout the city, presumably between the Free Syrian Army and the regime’s forces. “We have seen Assad’s forces trying to enter the area. They came back in a very fast way, so we know that someone is banning them from entering.” (Another eyewitness interviewed early by the Today Programme estimated that 400 FSA fighters were stationed in Baba Amr and that they’d fight to the death to defend the besieged district.)
I asked about activists’ accounts of helicopter gunships and even military fighter jets overhead. Sammy said he saw helicopters flying but didn’t witness any firing from the air.
He’s effectively trapped where he is. Escape isn’t possible now because there are snipers stationed everywhere and “they shoot at everything that moves”.
“I saw a lot of tanks, they are directly under my home. They move in and out of my street where I am now. When they go out, they become more violent.”
I asked what message he had to relay to the world.
“I want them to stop this nightmare. I want them to rescue civilians. There are children here who haven’t done anything, they have no fault and they need to be rescued immediately. The world should act seriously. It’s not a good situation to say that we’re in the 21st century and we can see such horrible things here.”
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