5 years after the displacement of the residents of Aleppo… Stories of pain and nostalgia
Five years after the tragedy of Aleppo, the scene of destruction still prevails in the eastern neighborhoods of the city, as if this war stopped yesterday, and civilians assert that the regime deliberately neglects these neighborhoods as punishment for the participation of its residents in the revolution and the popular movement against it.
Northern Syria– “It was a black day for the city of Aleppo, as if it was a day of resurrection and resurrection.” With these words, the director of the Civil Defense in Aleppo, Baybars Mishaal, describes the painful last hours he and thousands of civilians besieged with iron and fire, as they wait in very cold weather for the worst forced displacement imposed by the Syrian regime on Residents of the northern Syrian capital, Aleppo.
Mishaal recalls five years ago, as if it were yesterday, when the siege and the fierce military campaign launched by the Syrian regime, backed by Russian aviation and Iranian militias, forced the residents of the eastern neighborhoods of the city to flee and gather in a small geographical spot without the slightest necessities of life.
In a sad and faint voice, Mishaal says that the bombing of this small spot did not subside in the last days of 2016, and due to the overcrowding of the population among the destroyed neighborhoods, the bombing caused the loss of a large number of lives, which deepened the tragedy of the residents and made rescue operations difficult.
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And Meshaal indicates – in his speech to Al Jazeera Net – that he does not forget those moments when the Syrian regime forces were advancing by land in the neighborhoods at the expense of the Syrian opposition, at a time when there were alive civilians under the rubble moaning in pain, and the bodies of others on the outskirts of the streets who died of starvation and shelling. , and how it was impossible to extricate them, as happened in the Qadi Askar neighborhood.
The scars and wounds on Mishaal’s body still remind him of what happened, as he was responsible for opening the road with one of the civil defense mechanisms, in preparation for the crossing of ambulances and green buses that will transport the waiting displaced in the open. and his liver.
And while the director of the Civil Defense continues today with his rescue work in the opposition-controlled countryside of Aleppo, nostalgia surrounds him and the thousands of civilians who were forced to leave their city, as a result of the regime’s control over its entire neighborhoods, and confirms that they left it with their bodies, but their souls are still roaming its neighborhoods.
Not far from Mashaal, media activist Abdul Karim al-Halabi was waiting with civilians to be deported from the city, where he spent 3 days in the open until the arrival of the green buses, which became a symbol of the forced displacement of Syrians from their cities and villages.
Al-Halabi tells Al-Jazeera Net how fear and sadness were visible on everyone’s faces as they faced leaving towards the unknown, while the snowfall increased the scene in sadness and pain, and hunger and thirst were killing the remaining residents as a result of a suffocating siege imposed by the regime on the city to announce the surrender.
Al-Halabi says that the most difficult moments he experienced 5 years ago was the stage of leaving his city in which he was born and lived the most beautiful years of his life, and later participated in its revolution and the popular movement against the Syrian regime, documenting with his camera the bloody events that the stricken city experienced.
What added to Al-Halabi’s grief was that members of the militias loyal to the Syrian regime confiscated his camera and a huge archive in which he said that he documented the violations that the city of Aleppo and the residents of the eastern neighborhoods were subjected to. .
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Al-Halabi is trying to overcome the ordeal and work in the media field, to cover the events of the Syrian revolution and convey the image and the event to the world, at a time when he misses the streets and squares in Aleppo, which were a witness to the most important and most remarkable stages of his life, as he said.
Five years after the tragedy of Aleppo, the scene of destruction still prevails in the eastern neighborhoods of the city, as if this war had stopped yesterday, while civilians contacted by Al Jazeera Net assert that the regime deliberately neglects these neighborhoods as a punishment for the participation of its residents in the revolution and the popular movement against it.
It is noteworthy that the regime forces took control of the entire city of Aleppo at the end of 2016 with Russian-Iranian military support, which caused the killing and wounding of thousands of civilians, the destruction of most of the eastern neighborhoods of the city, and the displacement of most of its residents towards the western countryside, as part of an international agreement that witnessed widespread criticism from the Syrians.