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Five glimpses of an embattled Syria [Video]

March 23, 2012 |  4:03 pm

In this video, Syrian protesters in the town of Ras el Ain, home to many Kurds, wave Kurdish and old Syrian flags and chant for unity. Fridays have become a day of protest in Syria, where an uprising against President Bashar Assad has raged more than a year, claiming more than 10,000 lives.

Amateur videos such as this one, uploaded to YouTube by opposition activists, have provided a window on  life in Syria, where access for journalists is restricted.  The Times cannot verify all of the events shown in these videos.

Here are four more glimpses of what's happening in the embattled country.

Below is a video purportedly of the town of Sarameen in Idlib province, filmed from a distance. Thick white smoke is seen rising from the area. The cameraman says these are "the signs of shelling and destruction of the village of Sarameen," on the second day after the army stormed the village:

Opposition activists posted this video purporting to show a military assault of Haritan, north of Aleppo. The helicopter appears to fire something that flashes and makes a puff of smoke

The video below is said to show large crowds at a demonstration against Assad in Maree, near Aleppo:

This video doesn't seem striking at first, showing cars on a street said to be in the Damascus suburb of Saqba, but toward the end several white buses enter the area. One vehicle appears to be carrying some sort of antiaircraft weapon in back. The cameraman says security forces are coming in:


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