East Aleppo has been closed off from the outside world for five years. No independent, neutral bodies have had the opportunity to enter the area other than those that worked with al-Nusra Front (Al Qaida in Syria) — the terrorist group that was in control of the area, writes social scientist and Norwegian activist Eva Thomassen on The Herland Report. She states: What all Western NGOs have in common is that they say they support the opposition in Syria. The opposition in East Aleppo was al-Nusra.
The aid NGO organisations must not have thought that East Aleppo would ever be liberated. Otherwise, they would have done a better job of hiding the mixing and mingling between all these groups that was so easily documented when East Aleppo fell and Al-Nusra Front (Al Qaida in Syria) had to leave the area.”
(Photo: NATO supplies to be used “before a gas attack”)
When Aleppo fell, the 30,000 terrorists journeyed to Idlib together with the White Helmets and NGOs such as Norwac, Norwegian People’s Aid and Doctors Without Borders, to name a few. The NGOs consequently joined al-Nusra and other terrorist groups. They did not stay on to help the civilian population that they claimed was subject to war crimes and in need of immediate assistance.
Eva Thomassen recently returned from a trip to Syria, together with the Norwegian TV celebrity Kari Jaquesson – read The Herland Report article on this topic and watch the unique photographs provided to us by Eva Thomassen, among them a feature photo where the White Helmets’ logo appears together with al-Nusra Front supplies (al-Qaeda in Syria).
Read the full article here: “Despite the lack of neutral sources, the West has spoken out very confidently about the abominable conditions in East Aleppo caused by “Assad” and Russia. All of the NGOs and Jan Egeland, who is a special advisor to the UN for the Syrian civilian population and their needs for humanitarian aid, have told stories which Egeland considers Assad war crimes.
Yet, none of these self-confident relief agencies and NGOs have even worked in East Aleppo. As they write on their web pages and state publicly to the media, they have dealt with local helpers and “aid-workers” on the ground when it comes to getting emergency assistance and money into the area and information out to the international world. It has been too dangerous to be in East Aleppo for Westerners.
Western media and politicians have ended up treating the White Helmets – who have been on the ground in Syria – as their sole news source.
(Photo: Council of Free Aleppo Government on a White Helmets uniform)
Against this backdrop, we travelled from Damascus to Aleppo to see with our own eyes the “evil” that “Assad and Putin” had brought about in East Aleppo. We were group of people from the media, activists and experts on Syria from all over the world who travelled to Syria this past April, 2017 in order to examine what was really going on.
The underlying reason for the visit was in one sense to get an idea of what life is like for the average Syrian after six years of war, but particularly to see with our own eyes what was being hidden in East Aleppo. We had to take long detours so as not to be at risk of a surprise attack by terrorists and stayed in West Aleppo, on a street with many restaurants, bars and shops. Young people sat outside and smoked waterpipes, the place teeming with liveliness. Hundreds of people visited the Citadel and the famous—but completely destroyed—Umayyad Mosque, the oldest in the Middle East.
On our way through East Aleppo, we passed heap after heap of rubble from what were once houses. Seeing it all made you feel like you were in a horror film. It was a distinct surreal experience. The people in Syria have been forced to live for five years under a reign of terror. A horrifying reign of terror under constant threat of Islamist attacks.
Soldiers guard the entrances to different parts of East Aleppo so that it will not be vulnerable to new terrorist plots. The soldiers were kind and proud of the fact that they were able to neutralise the terrorist groups after hard-fought battles to liberate East Aleppo in December 2016. They were eager for us to take pictures with them in the run-down barracks where they stayed.
Inside this checkpoint we saw a ‘”school” on the left and a “hospital” on the right. We have been told by Western politicians and the media that this precise area was “liberated from Assad” that the “final part” of it all had been destroyed. We were eager to see how these buildings had been destroyed by “Assad and Putin”.
Pierre le Corp, a young Frenchman who had stayed in Aleppo all through the war, has run from “hospital” to “hospital” and filmed what he saw after East Aleppo was liberated. He ran with his camera from room to room as if he were in shock and could do nothing but document what had actually happened in East Aleppo during those five years.
(Photo: From the same headquarters where the White Helmets uniform with the al-Nusra logo on it was found; The Free Syrian Army flag is pictured here)
What he came across was practically beyond belief. What we had been told in the West was a “bombed” hospital actually served as the headquarters for al-Nusra, the White Helmets and a number of so-called “humanitarian aid organisations”.
Pierre le-Corp plodded through an abundance of medical supplies—entire storerooms full of syringes, cannulas and the latest medical equipment. Equipment that public hospitals in Syria did not even have. I can understand why he was in shock. We would experience it too.
What we found was systematised evil. Schools and hospitals used as torture chambers, women’s prisons in dark cellars and Sharia courts. We found black vests labelled with the Sharia committee to which the wearer belonged. Whoever wore these vests had the authority to penalise women if they did not abide by Sharia law.
It is easy to see that women who have lived in East Aleppo stand out from the average Aleppo resident. Aleppo is a modern city. Most women dress in western-style clothes. You will, however, now also find women dressed in black burkas and full niqab, they are the ones who have lived in East Aleppo for five years under Sharia law. The dress code there was niqab and nothing else.
People could be sentenced to imprisonment in dark cellars no bigger than a cage – and we found torture devices. In these cellars, we also found medical supplies that had “Made in Norway” printed on them. These buildings also served as a central location for snipers.
(Photo: Turkish NGO flag found amid rebel weapons)
These buildings were not bombed like we were told. We found large supplies of medicine, food and weapons—enough to sustain a war for several years. The buildings were not destroyed as was claimed in the Western media. The reason became obvious to us: they were safe because they were stated to be “schools” and “hospitals” and thereby would be excluded from attacks. Al-Nusra, the White Helmets and a number of relief agencies were located in these hospitals and schools. Speaking of schools, children were not allowed to attend school unless it was a Quran school in East Aleppo.
(Photo below: Equipment from Doctors Without Borders found with the rebels in Syria)
Relief and aid agencies such as Norwac – the Norwegian People’s Aid, among others, cooperated with and had operated in the same buildings as al-Nusra Front (Al Qaida in Syria).
Logos for the Syrian American Medical Association (SAMS) and the Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organisations (UOSSM), al-Nusra and the White Helmets, as well as Sharia law texts/tenets were hung side-by-side on the walls.
Norwac has even reported on multiple occasions that they pay local workers in East Aleppo and that they provide medical supplies to “local workers” and local doctors. This only goes to show that Norwac, among others, has dealt with terrorist groups. When Norwegian People’s Aid refused to give an explanation when asked who they worked with in East Aleppo in order to protect them, the question becomes: Who then has protected ‘them?
In reality, the calls from “local workers” for more food were actually al-Nusra’s way of calling for help. These relief organisations must not have thought that East Aleppo would ever be liberated. Otherwise, they would have done a better job of hiding the mixing and mingling between all these groups that was so easily documented when East Aleppo fell and Al-Nusra Front (Al Qaida in Syria) had to leave the area.
Putting up large relief agency stickers on the walls next to al-Nusra posters does not exactly inspire confidence. You have to wonder about the trust that Norwegian People’s Aid, Norwac, Doctors Without Borders and the Norwegian Refugee Council have in “local civil society groups” when they say that they need more money, medical supplies and food.
What the before mentioned NGOs all have in common is that they say they support “the opposition” in Syria. Well, “the opposition” in East Aleppo was al-Nusra.
We need to clarify whether the before mentioned NGOs consider al-Nusra to be the opposition. There was no opposition in East Aleppo other than al-Nusra. Al-Nusra is even on the United States’ list of terrorist organisations.
Eyewitnesses say that East Aleppo was hell on earth. Those who needed help, but were not related to or part of al-Nusra, were abused or killed. Those who attempted to escape faced the same fate.
(Photo: Found in East Aleppo where the al-Nusra Front – al-Qaeda in Syria – had been in control: Made in Norway)
The White Helmets are used as a PR tool in order to push for the West to implement a no-fly zone. One wants to engage the Western public in an emotional way into hating the Syrian Arab Army and the legitimate leader in Syria, president Bashar al-Assad.
Many of the films and Youtube clips on the White Helmets are fabricated propaganda stunts, filmed in buildings in East Aleppo, among other places. The media has been fooled—or have they?
Al-Nusra had complete control over East Aleppo. The West has knowingly used the White Helmets as its sole news source. Everyone that has operated in East Aleppo must have known what role the White Helmets play, and that goes for the so-called humanitarian organisations too.
When East Aleppo was liberated, 130,000 people resided there, 30,000 of whom were terrorists—not 300,000 civilians as Egeland claimed over and over all throughout the autumn of 2016. He said that he obtained these figures from “reliable” sources in East Aleppo. Sources he has relied on for four years.
These 30,000 terrorists journeyed to Idlib together with the White Helmets and NGOs such as Norwac, Norwegian People’s Aid and Doctors Without Borders, to name a few. The NGOs consequently joined al-Nusra and other terrorist groups. They did not stay on to help the civilian population that they claimed was subject to war crimes and in need of immediate assistance.
Who did this money go to and what was it used for? You cannot use dollars in Syria. You cannot exchange dollars for Syrian pounds. How did the money get into Syria and inside East Aleppo?
We know that tonnes of weapons were found in East Aleppo. Weapons cost money. Was the money used to buy weapons? Cooperation with al-Nusra continues in Idlib. It is no use to now try and say that we “help everyone”, including terrorists and their families.
Instead they should have said that we help everyone, including the 90% of the civilian population that resides in areas protected by the Syrian army. There the NGOs are absent.
(Photo: Religious texts found together with medicine in terrorist-controlled East Aleppo.
When the Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg and her regime so ardently talk about there only being “moderate opposition groups” in East Aleppo and accuses Russia of attacking the “moderates instead of the extreme” terrorists in IS, it is only natural to think that she has something to hide. At this point, I believe there simply is no other explanation.
Eva Thomassen, social scientist and activists for The Herland Report.