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"Civilians are the main victims"- Aleppo resident

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 01:37

Dec. 25 - Rebels in Aleppo reinforce anti-aircraft weapons to defend themselves from further air strikes after a monitoring group said a week of air raids killed hundreds. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Picking up the pieces in Aleppo, an almost futile gesture in this war torn city. The city itself has taken a pounding. Amateur video which can not be independently verified by Reuters shows the relentless attacks on the city. More than 300 people have been killed in just a week, as government forces and rebels battle control of the city. Video obtained by reuters shows rebels bracing to fight back. They prepare rounds of ammunition. And they wait. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FSA FIGHTER, SAYING: "We are here in Aleppo City. Assad aircraft is shelling civilians in Aleppo City. So, we have been stationed here since yesterday night and we wait." Civilians have taken a beating in a war that has already claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people. They want help -- but often it is a question of who from. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED CIVILIAN MAN, SAYING: "The rebels are doing what they are able to do, but we hope they could do more and use the machine guns to stop the aircraft attacking civilians; because civilians are the main victim. We want more practical action, we want to see more jets falling, we want to know we are doing something, and we want progress on all fronts. We hope to get some progress on any front by the end of the year." The war has gone on for almost three years and nobody is winning. The prospect for peace may also be deferred -- with rebels saying they will boycott talks if the bombardment of Aleppo continues.

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"Civilians are the main victims"- Aleppo resident

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 01:37