tv Weekend News Al Jazeera October 4, 2015 10:00am-10:31am EDT
>> the taliban takes back large parts of kunduz in afghanistan as a large humanitarian crisis unfolds. >> russia unleashes airstriction on syria for a fifth day. the president says the entire region is at stake. >> hundreds missing after a landslide kills 85 people in guatemala. >> a bewilder sight in the heart of the arabian gulf, the huge gathering of whale sharks.
>> first to having a, where the taliban is reported to have retaken most of the city of kunduz. government forces backed by u.s. air power have been trying to take control of the city since monday. just a few hours ago, they said they made gains but those appear to have been short lived. let's go live now just south of kunduz city. what are you hearing about the situation in kunduz? >> well, the situation is so fragile, where every minute it change. now we heard that in the morning, afghan government got control of a very big part of kunduz city and then few hours later, we are hearing from afghan security officials and from the resident that is they lost control of the area that they gained this morning. now, afghan security forces are
telling us the reason that they are going slow because taliban are hiding in residential area, they tried to avoid any civilian casualty. afghan residents are complaining about the use of artillery and bombardment in the area. i am joined here by a resident of kunduz city, who just came back from kunduz. let me ask him. some questions, sir, how was the situation in kunduz city? >> we just arrived from kunduz city. the situation was very bad, because no food, no water, availability of water is very poor and dead bodies are on the road and nobody care any other.
so also afghan forces have been failing kunduz city and taliban using civilian homes to fight against afghan forces and they don't let when they take -- when they enter a home, they don't let civilians to leave the home and they are asking to be here and they want people to be in their home and provide food and water to them to continue their fight against afghan forces. >> sir, how long more you think those civilians that are still stuck in kunduz can survive the situation? >> i can tell you that there are humanitarian crisis in kunduz city, no food and water and no hospital to cure injuries.
people can't bury their dead. people also can't cure their injuries. i don't think kunduz people can live for a long time for other days in kunduz city. >> can you tell us about your journey when you got here, what happened on the way? >> yes, after we finished our food and no more water available in kunduz city, we accept the dangerous journey and we left our home and i just left my city, my home just with these clothes. don't have anymore. yeah, so we usually pay kunduz
just 200 afghani and now we paid 1,000 afghani for every individual person, so it is five times more the rent of the car. >> we are getting a new news, a good news at least from the hospital of kunduz city. we are receiving news that a group of doctors, nurses, we believe seven doctors just arrived in kunduz hospital with medicine and food for the hospital. remember this morning, four nurses were coping with over .500 injuries, but now, we confirm that a group of doctors, seven doctors with food and medical supply arrived in kunduz city hospital. >> thank you very much. >> bart jansen is the director of operations at doctors without borders. he said the attack looks like a war crime.
no, we still have no explanation why this attack happened, a very precise attack on our hospital, very well known, very well marked, and clearly without any taliban-sighted presence in that hospital. there are more than 100 patients hospital, right? now the entire building and all the equipment is completely destroyed and we have taken out as much as possible, all our team to bring them into safety, so for the moment, for the patients that were under care, and all new wounded in the area of kunduz, the situation is absolutely dramatic, of course by this horrific attack. this is clearly -- this looks like a warfare. >> russia stepped up aerial bombardment in syria with a new
behave of attacks on sunday. it's the fifth successive day of bombing. russia said it's targets isil in central and northern syria. it said its hit training camps and depots in the latest raid. the observatory for human rights said it takes that area not held by isil. >> meanwhile, the syrian president bashar al assad has been speaking on iranian television. he's been talking about syria, russia, iran and iraq working together to fight isil. he says it will work. >> it must be a success, otherwise the entire region will be ruined, not one or two states, the entire region. we are certain it will be a success. the coalition countries have come together in terms of intelligence, security and military forces, therefore they will achieve tangible results from the ground now that the
coalition has gained international support even by countries that have no direct role in the crisis in the region. >> it's the first time we're hearing from the syrian president since russia's aerial campaign began, a very confident president. at the end of the day, russian intervention has given him much needed military, as well as political support. the syrian president saying that, you know, the new coalition, the russian reignian iraqi syrian coalition will be confident in appealing to other countries to join this coalitio. we understand from the russian defense ministry that they hit a number of isil targets. this area is not an isil stronghold. the opposition has started to question the motives of the russian operation. it is a stronghold for release.
it is strategic, but we understand that there were heavy airstrikes and they believe the with us war planes were responsible. in the northern countryside of homs, what we are seeing on the ground is the airstrikes of con 17 traiting on an inquire, an arc around the province of the regime stronghold. as of late, the rebels were advancing towards that stronghold and now we are seeing these russian airstrikes, which will undoubtedly protect the strategic areas controlled by the syrian government, so questions are being asked about russia's motives, the president calling on other nations to join the coalition, criticizing the u.s. coalition saying it has done nothing on the ground. the opposition now saying that they're in the interested in joining the latest u.n. peace initiative. we are back at square one. there is no doubt that the russian intervention has complicated an already difficult and complex situation in syria.
>> 85 people are dead and hundreds more missing after a massive landslide covered much of a town in guatemala. rescuers are still looking for survivors, but hope of finding anyone alive is fading. >> it's guatemala's worst natural disaster in years. part of this mountainside collapsed late thursday, burying 125 homes under one million cubic meters of earth. rescue workers and volunteers race against time, shoveling through mountains of dirt in the search for survives. today, all they found were lifeless bodies, a hard reality for many here. >> six of my family members are missing. my parents and four siblings. i haven't been able to rest and i won't be able to until i see them again, but asking to see them alive is a lot. they are buried under 15 meters
of dirt. >> the landslide hit around 9:30 at night, when many people were at home. it followed days of near constant rain. those who could ran out of their homes when they heard the hillside crashing down, but many didn't escape. >> my neighbor's house was here, along this edge. when it was hit, everything was pushed back two meters. they are digging here, but they haven't found any survivors. >> heavy machinery was brought in by the army and more than 1,600 rescuers have joined the search, motivated by signs of survivors. >> every 20 or 30 minutes, you can hear a whistle blow and everybody stops working. that means that somebody thinks they've heard a voice coming from underneath all this tons of mud and rock.
with this layered up 45 meters on top of the houses, many here say they are running out of hope. >> rescue workers have no plans to stop the search, but the moment the rainfall again, they could suspend the operation. >> we can see that the hill opposite the slide also runs the risk of a landslide. on the side that already collapsed, there's a fracture that could bring down more earth. >> some say this was a disaster foretold. in 2008, authorities warned local politicians that this ravine was a risk zone, and that no one should be living here. david mercer, al jazeera, guatemala. >> stay with us on al jazeera. still ahead: >> the media focus may have shifted, you may have thought that this was all over. far from it. i'm on the macedonian-serbian border. >> as the world bank raises the so-called poverty line, we're in india slums where people can't afford the basics.
getting the news from the people who are affected. >> people need to demand reform... >> ali velshi on target weeknights 10:30p et >> welcome back. you're watching al jazeera live from doha. the taliban is reported to have retaken the northern city of kunduz in afghanistan from government forces. doctors without borders has pulled its team from the city, members of its staff and 10 patients were killed at a hospital it runs on saturday. >> there's been russian airstrikes in syria. the syrian observatory for human rights said the campaign has hit some areas with little or no isil presence. >> at least 85 people have been killed in a landslide in
guatemala. hundreds of still missing east of guatemala city. >> israel security forces have put storystrictions on palestinians entering the old city of jerusalem follow two separate attacks on israel by palestinians. we have this report. >> the old city was in a virtual state of lack down for palestinians. the unprecedented security measures follow two separate knife attacks overnight. two israelis were killed in the first and one likely injured in the second. in each incident, the palestinians attackers, both 19, were shot dead. tourists continue to be allowed into the old city. they file slowly through the police lines while palestinians after palestinians is being turned away.
israeli citizens are allowed unfettered access, but the only palestinians allowed to enter are those who own businesses in the old city or who are residents there. as for those wishing to worship at al aqsa mosque compound, only men over the age of 50 are allowed to enter and they have to come through this specific gate, a lengthy walk away from the traditional point of access. prime minister benjamin netanyahu has been in the united states during the past week of crisis, is coming under intense domestic pressure to take even stronger measures against the palestinians. even members of his own government are saying not enough is being done to combat what they call palestinian terror. the israeli army carried out several operations in the occupied west bank, some related to the overnight attacks and others in the wake of the killing of two settlers on thursday. throughout the day, it became increasingly clear that far from being confined to jerusalem, the conflict was spreading throughout all occupied territory.
mike hanna, al jazeera in occupied east jerusalem. >> in egypt, two policemen have been killed in sinai peninsula. unknown gunman opened fire in the area of an armed group that calls itself the sinai province. it's leaders have pledged allegiance to isil. >> in iran, thousands attended a funeral service in tehran for pilgrims killed while on hajj in saudi arabia. the bodies of 400 people were flown back on saturday. pilgrims died in the stampede. mourners shouted dead a al saud at the service, a reference to the royal saudi family. riyadh is investigating with a happened. >> inge niger, 10 have been killed in the town, witnesses say two suicide bombers blue themselves up after stopped by soldiers close to an army base.
children are among the dead. it is part of a regional coalition tasked with destroying armed group boko haram. >> hundred was refugees have crossed from croatia into hungary. they traveled to a border crossing on buses from serbia. thousands a day are streaming in. jonah hall has been speaking to some of the refugees. >> pick a paint on random through the route from europe. this is the last train station in macedonia on the serbia border. nothing's changed, day in and day out, they keep coming, the weary, the relieved, the hopeful. >> we have around eight trains per day, sometimes more, sometimes less in 24 hours. >> do you see any sign at all of this flow of people slowing down, coming to an end? >> people were saying that october is going to be slower,
but we are not seeing anything like that. >> this young man is an english teacher from raqqa in syria. >> do you feel your spirits are high? do you feel strong? >> yes, yes, i think my morale is so high to travel to another country, different places and different people, and like my friends, they are having a honeymoon. >> they are on their honeymoon, newly married? >> yes, bride and groom, honeymoon with different sights, train, bus. >> so a very active sightseeing honeymoon adventure there, and you're happy. >> they are very happy. >> well, congratulations. >> i want to ask you about the russian activities now in the last few days in your country. do you think that it's going to help to end the war? >> no. i don't think so.
it will be -- its worse. >> it will get worse. >> yes, more and more. >> after a few kilometers walk, people are now arriving in serbia. the media may have largely moved on from this story for the time being, the focus has shifted, but the spotlight is still very much on syria. it's about the russian bombing of syria now of course, but there aren't many here who seem to think that is going to make much difference. in the meantime, this miserable journey through 21st century europe goes on. a lot is said in parts of europe about these people, who they are, what they want, the threat that they pose. most are ordinary people beginning new lives in a world that has changed beyond recognition. jonah hall, al jazeera on the macedonia serbia border. >> 16 people have died in flooding along the french
riviera. more than 27,000 homes have lost electricity. some drowned in a retirement home when the river burst its banks. >> polls are open in portugal for a general election seen as a test of four years of austerity. voters have a choice of giving the socialists a chance or reelecting the center right coalition that has seen the country through a punishing bailout. >> parliamentary elections are underway in kyrgyzstan, the vote seen as a test for the democracy five years after an uprising that removed a government accused of corruption and greed. >> the word bank is to raise the so-called poverty line from $1.25 to $1.90. if people exist on less than that amount per day, they are
said to be officially living in poverty. we have been to new delhi to see how people live when they're below the poverty line. >> crammed together, stacked haphazardly, this is what many of india's urban poor call home. the family struggles every day just to eat. she said corruption and bureaucracy means her family doesn't get the benefits they are entitled to. >> these are my kids and they live like this. today there's bread, maybe tomorrow there's not. if we don't have work, where will the money come from? >> with little outside help, this daily struggle has become a way of life for most people here. this situation for the poor is common in many parts of the country in both rural and urban areas. even if the poor here met the world bank's new poverty line measure of $1.90 a day, many say it won't be enough to live on. even earning less than $2 a day is tough. her husband is well aware of his
family's plight but says there's not much he can do about it. >> i don't have work, so obviously we are poor. we are just managing to survive. somehow, i manage to get work to feed my children. i'm not trained or educated to go and get a proper job, all i can do is manual labor. >> these are common complaints, but it's made worse, according to those who work with the poor, by some basic services being privatized, driving up costs even further. >> you have the poor having to access high cost, public services, be it in hospitals or water, that is why even if people get $2 a day, they are still poor, because you can't access basic services, you can't get decent jobs. >> experts say india's rapid economic growth is another reason why artificial poverty lines don't reflect realities on the ground, where people are just trying to survive. al jazeera, new delhi. june the world's oceans are in
trouble, from plastics pollution to over fishing, there seems to be no end to the pressures on the seas that cover 70% have our planet. how to deal with that is a major focus of a conference in they lee being attended by u.s. secretary of state john kerry. >> well, these problems are global problems and countries can't deal with them. communities can't deal with them on their own, so the issue of political will is most fundamental and that's why conferences gathering such as this one being hosted by chile are very important. look, we know how to deal with problems from a technical perspective. we know how to deal with over fishing and protection of key habitats. we've been missing the political leadership and political will and also the channeling of resources to deal with it.
there's hope on the horizon, a lot of commitment is necessary and conferences like this one are critically important with dealing with these widespread problems and difficulties. >> there are still marine wonders to be found sometimes in the most unlikely places. >> we're speeding out to the sight in the area. an oil field, a high security zone closed to the public. right here every summer, some extraordinary happens. the whale sharks arrive in huge numbers. gentle giants, filter feeding on the surface.
it is a bewildering sight, and they come right up to the boat. some nine meters long or more, nearly 400 have been identified here. you think for all the world there would be nothing here at all. the outside air temperature is plus 40, not that different in the sea itself, and yet, every summer, there is this enormous aggregation of this iconic species. the platforms are owned by the oil company and for years they have been searching this annual arrival. >> the plan right now is to get the equipment and satellite tag ready. we want to know where the females are going, because we really don't know where they give birth and hopefully the tags here can tell us a little bit more about where the females go. >> from the surface, it's
impressive, from below, it's just astonishing. the sharks come mouths agape, sucking in the invisible eggs of small macro tuna that have spawned in the billions. >> we think the secret to this place is the currents, cyclonic currents that sucks the water up, and maybe also the platforms. >> the platforms have turned into artificial reefs, which attract species that would not otherwise not live here and perhaps help to concentrate the macro tuna spawning. >> you haven't got the influence of people being in the water with them at the same time. the aggregation, there's a lot of problems and conflict with tourism. obviously here, it's quite a hostile environment. >> back in the laboratories, the
scientists continually monitor the signals put out by the satellite tags. >> what we see now, they are still aggregating around the platforms, and then we still have four females that are tagged, so it's going to be real exciting to see what they do next. hopefully, they'll go on a long journey and you know, reveal where they actually give birth to their young. >> it is an unlikely sight in the heart of an oil and gas field. soon the whale sharks will disappear for the winter to return next april. the natural wonder only goes to demonstrate how important it is to look after the oceans of the world. nick clark, al jazeera, the arabian gulf, qatar. >> the u.s. space agency nasa has uploaded photographs taken by toll low astronauts during the 1960's and 1970's. they are high resolution
versions of original nasa photos taken during the missions. every photo taken by astronauts with their chest mounted cameras can be viewed. plenty more news on our website, aljazeera.com. the latest on all of our top stories there, aljazeera.com. >> i'm russell beard in northern kenya where local hero martin wheeler is taking elephant conservation to new heights. >> i'm jasmeen qureshshi in monterey bay california where researchers have discovered that sea otters may play a key role