“With tanks surrounding the neighbourhood, it’s getting harder and harder for people to flee the bombing”
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.
“We’re hearing reports that Free Syrian Army fighters from around the country are on their way to Damascus. This gives me hope that the wind may turn”
Al Tadamon was the first neighbourhood to be targeted by the regime’s troops; we’ve been under constant attack since Saturday afternoon. Soldiers shooting from tanks have destroyed homes and terrorized the population. The vast majority of civilians have fled the neighbourhood. The few left are men trying to keep their houses safe from looting.There are a few of us activists that have stayed behind to make videos and report on what’s going on. There are also fighters from the Free Syrian Army, who are doing their best to keep the neighbourhood safe from the troops. They know the streets like the back of their hands, but they’re outmatched by the regime’s troops in terms of numbers and sheer force – we’re making calls to everyone we can think of to try to get them just a few hundred bullets, and basic things like that.So it’s difficult for them right now, but we’re hearing that Free Syrian Army fighters from around the country are on their way to the capital, and should arrive within the next couple of days. This gives me hope that the wind may turn, and that we may win the battle for Damascus after all.