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Direct from Aleppo,Syria: News on life under cease-fire

Ceasefire agreement: Aleppo city is much more calmer since the beginning of the agreement, beside some violations took place the first hours of the agreement, and yesterday at 21:50, when 2 mortars shelled on the government held area, followed by ambulance sirens around 22:00. In general, so far, Aleppo city is so calmer than before. No shells, no jets in the sky, no clashes. 80% better than before.

- Situation in Aleppo province didn't change much, according to news. The terrorists attacked the liberated villages of Nobbol & az-Zahraa with rockets, but there were no casualties. In other areas of the province, fighting is still on going: SAA vs. Nusra & Da'esh; Kurds vs. Turks from the borders; Kurds vs. Terrorists; terrorists vs. other terrorists... Violations of the ceasefire are from the terrorist groups and Turkey.

- Russians recorded 15 violations in Syria in the last 24 hours. Russia said as well that Nusra terrorists were shelling mortars in Latakya province from the Turkish borders (from Turkey). The Turks are targeting the Kurds in Tell Abyad border town, claiming fighting Da'esh on the media!

- Aleppo road had been finally liberated, but needs a lot of repairing. It had damaged so badly. Aleppo was isolated for almost a week of tough fighting to take it back. There were snipers and a lot of mines.

- Prices, obviously, started to jump up because nothing was coming in to the city. Goods and fuel became expensive, part because of the road battles, and part because of the dollar rising price. The crisis traders and merchants were the happiest group of the situation! Prices will take some time till it goes down, when goods and fuel start to enter the city, after repairing the road.

- There are news or gossips about treasons that happened in 3 checkpoints on the road to Aleppo that caused the setback and the loss of hundreds of lives among the Syrian soldiers. The morals are down regarding such news. While Hezbollah brave fighters and Syrian special forces paid high price to liberate the long road, others are bribed because they are corrupted rotten members in the body. The war had exposed the worst things in us, but it had motivated others to do the best they could do. From one side you see the traitors, opportunists, and corrupted ones, on the other side there are the brave heroes and martyrs who are defending millions like myself.

- The thermal station of Aleppo that had been liberated lately by the SAA, needs billions of dollars to start working again. Before leaving it, the terrorists made sure to loot everything they can, and sabotage the rest. Even its fuel, they loot as much as they could, and burn the rest. Aleppo is without power (electricity) for 5 months now, and without water for more than 1 month. Repairing that station will needs a miracle.

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Last nights SBS world news bulletin had a report about the ceasefire in Syria by Nastasya Tay which I consider to be egregious propaganda.

It wasn’t simply reporting the same old sources as credible, like the ‘HNC’ reps or Kerry, or ‘Syrian civilians’ viewpoint, but actually seemed to be a clear intentional effort to mislead the audience. If you look at this news clip, which is there on i-view till the 8th, it starts at 11.20 in, after a report about refugees in Europe.

Report from Nastasya Tay, starting at 11.20 in this section.

What Tay does, is provide a commentary that is supposed to be about the delivery of aid to various Syrian cities, but only shows bombardment attributed to either the Russian airforce or the Syrian army. Her commentary is carefully timed to coincide with different short clips of explosions or tank fire, but the cities she names are not those portrayed in the video. At the end of this section we see three shots of tanks firing in sequence – it’s as if to say “this is what the Syrian army thinks of a ‘ceasefire’.

I don’t know what to do about this, but it goes beyond any other ‘mis-reads’ and tricks I’ve seen before.
It also reports NATO’s Stoltenberg’s view that the Russians are not targeting IS, and then tells us that the ‘Russians blame Turkey’.

Water started to return to Aleppo city yesterday, after around 2 months of lack of water supply to the city.

It was a deal between the Syrian government and Da'esh, where each side was controlling the flow of water to the other side. Da'esh in al-Bab village can't have water because their water lines comes from Aleppo city, however Aleppo water comes from the Euphrates which is under Da'esh control. So they finally reached to a deal. [Means negotiating for water with the enemy; doesn't mean taking sides with the enemy]

Red Crescent [Arab Red Cross] is helping with the power generators to pump the water as well, because there is no power in the city for 5 months.

We didn't have water yet at home, but other areas started to have.

And power!
We're having power at home for the first time since 5 months!
It comes for 1 hour last midnight, and for an hour (so far) today at 6:00 am.