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Aaref Watad

Aaref Watad is a photojournalist based in Syria.

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Photoblog: Medics on the front-line in Syria's Idlib

17 September, 2018

In pictures: Medical staff protest against the anticipated regime assault in Idlib, as makeshift health centres continue to treat the injured, elderly and infirm.

Photoblog: Idlib's residents protest in final act of defiance

14 September, 2018

In pictures: As the prospect of a bloodbath looms in Syria's last opposition-held region, thousands march in Idlib's towns and cities to celebrate the revolution. Photos by Aaref Watad.

Photoblog: Lost limbs create new sporting opportunities for Syrians

16 April, 2018

See in pictures: Syrians who lost limbs from the conflict find new hope, as well as a chance to show off their skills, at an amputees' football club in Idlib.

Video: The Cat Man of Aleppo returns

09 April, 2018

Although his first cat sanctuary was bombed and destroyed, Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel has built a new home for desperate animals in war-torn Aleppo.

Photoblog: Syrians stand in solidarity with Douma

09 April, 2018

In pictures: Aaref Watad captures a solidarity stand in Aleppo’s western countryside for the people of Douma after a suspected chemical attack by regime forces killed at least 40 civilians.

Photoblog: Syria's Khan Sheikhoun residents commemorate deadly sarin attack

05 April, 2018

In pictures: Residents in Khan Sheikhoun mark the anniversary of last year's deadly sarin attack by the Syrian regime, calling for international action to hold the perpetrators accountable.

Photoblog: Eastern Ghouta residents arrive in Idlib

04 April, 2018

See in pictures: Aaref Watad captures the moment rebel fighters and civilians join the thousands already settled in Idlib, northern Syria, after evacuating war-ravaged Eastern Ghouta.

Photoblog: Syrian civilians return to Afrin

24 March, 2018

See in pictures: Civilians have begun returning to Syria's northern town of Afrin after months of escalating violence between Kurdish militias and Turkish troops supporting anti-government Syrian rebels.

Photoblog: Free Syrian Army takes over Afrin

21 March, 2018

See in pictures: Syrian rebels, supported by the Turkish military, have managed to wrest control of the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin. Aaref Watad reports from the city.

Free Syrian Army advances in Aleppo

14 March, 2018

With the support of the Turkish army, the FSA now controls Jondiers in Aleppo province. All photos by Aaref Watad.

Photoblog: Syria's Idlib rallies behind besieged Eastern Ghouta

23 February, 2018

Exclusive pictures of Idlib residents holding demonstrations in support of Syrians in Eastern Ghouta, by Aaref Watad.

Photoblog: On the front lines in Afrin

22 February, 2018

Exclusive pictures as Free Syria Army fighters support Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish militias in Syria's Afrin. All photos by Aaref Watad.

Aaref Watad
Aaref Watad

Aaref Watad is a photojournalist based in Syria.

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