[Shifa Hospital in al-Shaar, Aleppo]
Ground Zero Syria is a series where we’ve compiled photojournalist and videographer Robert King’s footage into a series of raw, largely unedited vignettes that present a snapshot of the ancient city as it crumbles and burns while its citizens are killed indiscriminately.
Ground Zero: Syria (Part 1) – Assad’s Child Victims
VICE commissioned renowned photojournalist and videographer Robert King to embed on the front lines with the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo. War-zone chaos ensued. In this episode, Assad forces hit Al Qusayr with a rocket attack while Robert is filming – it was targeted directly.
Ground Zero: Syria (Part 2) – Burning of The Old Souk
Amid a fierce battle between Assad’s security forces and Free Syrian Army insurgents, fire swept through the old Souk of Aleppo, a historic covered market and World Heritage site. Rebel fighters and activists have reported that the blaze was sparked by the use of incendiary mortar rounds by Assad’s forces.
Ground Zero: Syria (Part 3) – The Atrocities Within Aleppo’s Field Hospital
The atrocities and war crimes currently ripping Syria apart at the seams are evident inside a field hospital in Aleppo, the country’s largest city. Inside the hospital exhausted doctors indescriminately treat civilians, members of the Free Syrian Army, and captured Syrian Army troops alike.
Ground Zero: Syria (Part 4) – Under Fire for Bread in Aleppo
Every day the men, women, and children of Aleppo, Syria, must risk their lives to stand in line and hope that they can buy a kilo of bread to survive another day. Many of the bread factories in Aleppo have been destroyed amidst fighting between the Free Syrian Army and Assad’s troops. The few that remain are staffed by brave souls who risk their lives every day to ensure the local population has basic sustenance.
Ground Zero: Syria (Part 5) – The Bombing of Aleppo’s Dar al-Shifa Hospital
On November 21, Aleppo’s Dar al-Shifa Hospital was bombed and destroyed by the Syrian Army. This is the same makeshift hospital where, weeks ago, VICE and videographer Robert King reported on human rights abuses and war crimes against patients (including children) being treated inside. It was completely leveled by the rocket
attack, and Robert was on the scene to document the fallout.
Also from Vice: The Syria Issue
Includes an interview with Abdul Qader Saleh the Commander of the Tawhid Brigade of the FSA in Aleppo.