Sep 8 - Incredible Photograph Captures Exact Moment of Tank Shell Hitting Against Syrian Rebels

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Sep 8 - Incredible Photograph Captures Exact Moment of Tank Shell Hitting Against Syrian Rebels
 

 
This image sequence of a Syrian army tank firing against a group of rebels in a street of Aleppo is pure and horrible insanity. Taken by Tracey Shelton, it captures the exact moment of a tank shell hitting the rebel position. Miraculously, she survived. Sadly, some of the men weren't so lucky.

Tracy was with the rebels that "man a two-block stretch of back streets that now forms the final line between government troops and opposition forces." When suddenly an attack was launched from a nearby tank k!lling all, but one man. Tracy continued taking pictures as the attack unfolded, and was able to catch the following photos.

ALEPPO, Syria — Earlier this week, I was filming a feature on life on the frontlines of Aleppo, Syria. I was camping out with the men of Noor Den al-Zenke batallion, who man a two-block stretch of back streets that now forms the final line between government troops and opposition forces.

This narrow street had become a makeshift home for the men. Lounge chairs salvaged from abandoned homes formed an area for chatting and drinking tea. Meals were prepared on a grass mat in the middle of the street. We slept in a room on the lower floor in case of air raids. Lookouts were posted at each street corner to both watch and listen for new sniper positions and approaching troops and tanks.

On this morning, the men were relaxed and joking around as they cleaned their area from a tank attack the day before. That time, they had been prepared and the tank had fired too short. This time, the a.ssault came with little warning.

More from Tracey Shelton: Surviving Aleppo (VIDEO)

As the cloud of smoke engulfed the street we ran back and frantically waited for the others to escape through the dust and debris. But no one came. In that split second, three men were reduced to broken, bleeding masses.

After a few minutes of disorientation, a vehicle arrived to transport the bodies. The survivors washed away the blood and flesh in a heartbreaking clean up.

New f!ghters came to take their posts. And the battle continued.



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From left to right: Issa Aiash, 30, father of three, his young brother Ahmed, 17, and Sheihk Mamoud, 42, father of a newborn son, laugh and joke as they clean their post Saturday.

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A call comes through that a tank was spotted nearby. The men immediately grab weapons.

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Within seconds the tank blast has already hit.

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Debris and smoke fill the street around 30 meters back - covering me and the camera in dust.

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This man was the only survivor.

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He escaped with injuries.

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It took several minutes before the dust cleared enough to check for more survivors, but there was nothing we could do.


Last edited by Optimus Primal; 09-08-2012 at 01:34 AM..

48 comments for "Sep 8 - Incredible Photograph Captures Exact Moment of Tank Shell Hitting Against Syrian Rebels"

 5 years ago '04        #2
getyagameup 24 heat pts24
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them n*ggas got disintegrated. that's crazy. the video must be nuts.
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Yeah that is unbelievable those dudes didn't even have a chance, but what is with dudes who survived. Who the fu*k is he Tony Stark?
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looks like he was the only one not out in the open
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cant bring guns to a tank f!ght
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That nicca got some grape drank.........Well ill be.
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Man holy fu*k man
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damn.
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So the blast lifted that dude on the left in the air, but that frail a.ss rolling chair didn't even swivel
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thats crazy sh*t right there! war is hell.
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 kapiku21 said:
So the blast lifted that dude on the left in the air, but that frail a.ss rolling chair didn't even swivel
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i dont think the chair was lined up in the alleyway
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sh*t looks like a scene from battlefield 3
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In the blink of an eye ....
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 kronzsw said:
sh*t looks like a scene from battlefield 3
this.

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R.I.P. Maybe my problems are not that bad.
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