The resistance of the residents of Sheikh Maksoud neighborhood in Aleppo coincided with the intensification of violent attacks by the mercenaries of the Turkish occupation in the past years. Moreover, the youths of Sheikh Maksoud, al-Ashrafieh, Bani Zeid and al-Sakan al-Shababi took their main role to confront the mercenaries' attacks.
The young man Ali Mohammed Ali, who is at 35-year-old from Sheikh Maksoud, and a family of nine persons chose to participate in countering the mercenaries' attacks, particularly the February 16, 2016 attack.
From the Youth Movement to the fighting fronts
After the formation of several battalions of mercenary gangs on the outskirts of the neighborhood and the intensification of their attacks, especially the battalion of the so-called Khalid Hayyani gang, Mohammed volunteered alongside several members of the youths and parents to participate in the protection, repel the attacks and choose the name of Nusra Krad as nom de guerre.
"When I saw the protection units and the fighters protecting the neighborhood and not allowing the aggressors to enter, I felt a sense of initiative and involvement among them. I went to the Revolutionary Youth Movement, knowing that I had no idea about it and about the young people who were resisting and defending," he said.
In 2016, and with the intensification of attacks on the neighborhood, especially on the street known as the Intelligence (al-Mukhabarat), Nusra got wounded in parts of his body, eye and feet, and his hand was infected with chlorine gas. Despite his injuries, resistance decision still remained in his mind, and he refused to stay in the hospital to return to the fronts line after a week.
And he added, "I insisted on the participation with the group that supported the People Protection Units (YPG) fighters. From 2013 until the lift of siege, I moved among the trenches and fronts. With one of the shells made of gas cylinders, I was wounded and the shrapnel scattered on my body, but I went back to the front and stayed with my comrades because I could not stay away from them, at a time when the mercenaries were threatening to attack them and rob their property."
They protected themselves from chlorine gas by wet pieces of cloth
Throughout the period of the attacks, the mercenary gangs targeted Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood several times with internationally banned weapons of chlorine gas (unauthorized to use it), and dozens of civilians and combatants were infected by suffocation and defamation.
And he added, "The mercenaries targeted us with poisonous weapons, but we protected ourselves by using pieces of wet cloth with water and putting them on our faces. In this way, we used to transport the wounded people who got infected with gas."
The young man Nusra Krad emphasized on the resistance at the end of his speech by saying that "what I sacrificed of body parts were not more precious than the protection of people from the mercenaries, and providing them with their freedom, as well as the sacrifices that were achieved by our martyrs."