Davids Diary: Syria violence spikes, violence speaks for itself
This is the first of many diary entries to come from my time in Syria covering the uprising violence and Bashar Al-Assad’s attempt to regain control of enemy territory.
Last week, I finally arrived in Damascus whereas I was almost immediately taken into a new safe-place by a few civilians I had made friendly nature with before arriving. My communication lines were unavailable due to low batteries, so I was unable to cover my latest piece while here in the city.
I managed to flee to Damascus before the big-attack that killed some 200 people just a weeks ago. Thankfully, I wasn’t harmed in the situation however I’ve witnessed more death in these two weeks than I have ever seen in my life.
I was forced to leave my work clothes back in the other city, as I was instructed it’d be best and more safe for me to dress as a Syrian resident rather than an outsider; and I did.
Tonight — however I leave for Beirut Lebanon an area mainly rebels continue to control to get a better angle of the violence rather than stuck in a secluded area unable to snap photographs of what is happening.
No worries friends, I remain safe. I managed to get my own set of ‘rebels’ that offered to shield my travels throughout Syria using their firepower. I’m also equipped with bulletproof vests and smoke grenades. (How cool I feel having those).
Date of next entry: Monday 23 July 2012.
- Daily News reporter David Ross vanishes in Syria (bazaardaily.com)
- Turkey Appeals To Russia As Syrian Violence Spikes (voanews.com)
- Russia defends veto as violence escalates in Syria (itv.com)
- West’s claims that Russia’s responsible for Syria violence unacceptable – official (english.ruvr.ru)
- PA fears for Palestinians caught in Syria violence – Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)