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In Damascus, "death is everywhere"

Last modified: 23 Aug 2012 20:07

Reports of fighting continue to roll in from Damascus and elsewhere. The AFP reports:

The Syrian army encircled and shelled large  swathes of Damascus on Thursday, in what activists and monitors termed a renewed bid to crush the insurgency in the capital "once and for all".

They reported clashes and shelling from Al-Hajar Al-Aswad in the southwest to the town of Daraya on the western outskirts of Damascus, in areas where the
army battled to oust rebels last month.

"There are major clashes in many areas of Damascus and the province," said a Damascus resident and anti-regime activist who gave her name as Samara.

"Parts of Damascus look like Gaza, with the army deployed on the outside, setting up major checkpoints, but unable to get in," she told AFP via Skype.

"Fear is everywhere."

In other parts of Damascus, the army has executed rebel fighters, anti-regime media and activists, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

... Daraya has been pounded relentlessly for two days, said Abu Kinan, an  anti-regime activist.

"The situation here is tragic. I am alive now, but they are shelling non-stop. Death is everywhere."