Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Bayrou decides to march with Macron

Read more

THE DEBATE

France's Topsy-Turvy Election: Uncertain outcome as insurgents blow away old guard (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

France's Topsy-Turvy Election: Uncertain outcome as insurgents blow away old guard (part 2)

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Amnesty chief urges France to 'stay true to its values'

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'Certain Women', 'Rock’n Roll' and 'A Wedding'

Read more

FOCUS

#BringBackOurInternet: English-speaking Cameroon hit by digital blackout

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Preaching coexistence: Avant-garde mosque opens in Lebanon's Druze heartland

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Prison guards turn guns on prisoners in Chile, and thousands of migrants stuck in smoky warehouses in Serbia

Read more

FACE-OFF

French presidential race: Le Pen makes groundbreaking visit to Lebanon

Read more

Middle east

Rebels and Assad’s forces face-off in Zabadani

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2012-07-28

A special video report from our correspondent in the village of Zabadani, which has seen fierce fighting between President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and the rebel Free Syrian Army.


It's 7am in Zabadani, a village close to Damascus, and the first mortar of the day strikes. This will be the first of many mortars to rain down on this small community.

However, rebel commander Mahmoud Rahme is ready for a face-to-face fight.

“Those who want to fight must come here! They are cowards and dogs - they just bark orders into their walky-talkies,” Rahme argues.

Despite the bravado, Syrian forces have pushed the rebels back and many rebel-held areas are now under the army’s control.



 

Date created : 2012-07-28

  • SYRIA

    ‘Mother of all battles’ as Syrian forces attack Aleppo

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    Syria’s most prominent defector pledges to help reunite country

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    Conflict threatens Syria's archaeological heritage

    Read more

COMMENT(S)