Two of my relatives were killed last night – one was hit by shell debris and another by a sniper. My brother’s store burned to the ground after it was hit by a shell. Lots of fires broke out, but it was very difficult to extinguish them, because helicopters overhead continued to bomb us relentlessly and snipers were firing everywhere, too. Many people from my neighbourhood, including myself, fled to safer parts of the city. Al Qaboon continues to be heavily bombed today, and with tanks surrounding the neighbourhood, it’s getting harder and harder for people to flee.
This is the first time I’ve seen such a large crackdown inside the capital. It seems that the government is going all-out to squelch the revolution before the month of Ramadan begins.
“The Free Syrian Army has set up roadblocks around some neighbourhoods to try to protect them, but this will not protect them from tanks and helicopters”
The Syrian regime is targeting my neighbourhood and several others – Al Midan, Al Asaly, and Kafar Souseh – because they know that activists and soldiers from the Free Syrian Army are hiding there. And of course, the Free Syrian Army is fighting back, with what weapons they have – guns, rocket-propelled grenades – but they’re not strong enough yet to topple Al-Assad’s troops, who have heavy weaponry. The Free Syrian Army has set up roadblocks around some neighbourhoods to try to protect them, but this will not protect them from tanks and helicopters.