Never in decades, Ramadan, which begins today did so dark in Damascus, as reported. With Wednesday’s attack, fear has gripped the Syrian capital, scene of fighting not seen since three days.
“There is tension, people are afraid, they think now that after the attack, anything can happen,” said a peddler’s famed tourist formerly Bab Touma in the city center.
Wednesday, an unprecedented attack killed the Defence Minister Daoud Rajha, Assef Shawkat his deputy, also brother of President Bashar al-Assad, and General Hassan Turkmani, head of the crisis unit set up by the regime to quell the revolt.
The interior minister, Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar, and the head of National Security, Hisham Ikhtiar, were also injured.
The panic in the streets of Damascus is so great that “people have disproportionate reactions to the slightest incident,” continues this seller. After the attack, “a simple traffic accident has sown terror in Bab Touma and people started running in all directions to escape,” he says.
In Damascus, life revolved yesterday at idle. The majority of street stalls and shopping Salhié Shaalan, in the center, were closed. Fruit sellers are not open for lack of goods.
“What Ramadan? The situation is serious, the fighting takes place in the heart of the capital, “says a textile merchant in the shopping district of Salhié.
“There is no Ramadan for me this year. My three brothers are in prison, “said Amer, a taxi driver......
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