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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Filmmakers Capture Chaos After Air Strikes in Syria

A Human Rights Watch video report on Syrian government air strikes.

Human Rights Watch accused the Syrian authorities Thursday of ordering “indiscriminate and in some cases deliberate airstrikes against civilians,” in a report released on Thursday along with a video summary that included dramatic footage of the chaos and bloodshed on the ground in the immediate aftermath of such attacks. According to the rights group, its report, “is based on visits to 50 sites of government air strikes in opposition-controlled areas in Aleppo, Idlib, and Latakia governorates, and more than 140 interviews with witnesses and victims.”

The report was published just days after PBS Frontline released video of an air strike on the Syrian village of al-Bara which took place as the British filmmaker Olly Lambert was recording an interview with a rebel commander. Mr. Lambert’s footage offers a harrowing look at the impact of such bombings on the ground. The video was posted on the Frontline Web site with the filmmaker’s complete new documentary, “Syria Behind the Lines.”

A video report on the bombing of the Syrian village of al-Bara by Olly Lambert for PBS Frontline.