كسر حصار حلب

Here are Arabic, French and Spanish translations of my blog ‘Breaking the siege of Aleppo’. Many thanks to the team at GlobalVoices for the translations.
French and Spanish follow Arabic.

كسر حصار حلب

ترجمة: رامي الهامس

احتفل الناس في شرق حلب في 6 أغسطس/آب بعد كسر الثوار للحصار الذي فرض عليهم من قبل النظام السوري وحلفائه منذ 17 يوليو/تموز في مناطق المدينة التي يسيطر عليها الثوار منذ يوليو/تموز 2012 كسجن كبير لأكثر من 300 ألف نسمة عملوا على تخزين المواد الغذائية خوفًا من الموت جوعًا.

احتاج الأمر لجهود جبارة من الثوار مع أسلحتهم المحدودة لكسر الحصار. انضم القوميين الديمقراطيون للجيش السوري الحر إلى الميليشيات الإسلامية وجبهة فتح الشام، المعروفة حتى وقت سابق من هذا الشهر باسم جبهة النصرة، التابعة لتنظيم القاعدة في سوريا. Continue reading

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Daraya

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‘Daraya: the spirit of the Syrian revolution, and the heartbeat of every rebel’

Four years following its liberation, the predominantly agricultural town of Daraya, strategically located near the capital, has fallen to the regime. A deal was reached to evacuate the 4,000-8,000 civilians remaining from a pre-uprising population of 80,000. The local fighters who defended their town so courageously will go to Idlib and join the resistance there. Continue reading

Breaking the siege of Aleppo

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The first aid convoy entering Aleppo after breaking of the siege – sent by the  people of Idlib

The people of eastern Aleppo celebrated on Saturday after rebels broke through the siege that had been imposed on them by the Syrian regime and its allies since July 17. For almost a month, the areas of the city held by the revolutionaries since July 2012 had been turned into an open-air prison where some 300,000 people stockpiled food and supplies for fear of starvation.

It required a great feat of unity for the rebels, with their vastly inferior arsenal, to break the siege. The democratic nationalists of the Free Syrian Army joined together with Islamist militias and, crucially, Jabhat Fatah Al Sham, which until earlier this month had been known as the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria. Continue reading