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Tanks burn, bodies lie in Syrian town of Maaloula: amateur video

Thursday, September 05, 2013 - 01:20

Sept. 5 - Amateur video purports to show the aftermath of what activists say were clashes between Syrian rebel forces and army troops in the town of Maaloula, home to a Christian majority. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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WARNING - STORY CONTAINS GRAPHIC VIDEO A man calls out God is Great as a rebel soldier passes dead bodies as he walks thorough a Christian suburb of Damascus. The town of Maaloula is on a UNESCO list for consideration to become a world heritage site. Now its just another place ravaged by war in Syria. A fire burns on the entrance to the town. A tank is consumed by flames. As world powers meet in Russia and debate Syria rebel forces clash with government troops. The video, which can not be independently verified by Reuters appears to show rebels storming the town. There are few signs of any civilians as gunfire fills the streets. More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict and those numbers are only expected top go higher. A rebel offers his assurances. He says they will not shoot civilians or churches. He says they will only target those who target us -- which may be cold comfort for those praying for peace,

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Tanks burn, bodies lie in Syrian town of Maaloula: amateur video

Thursday, September 05, 2013 - 01:20