Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Back to Square One?

Read more

DEBATE

Israel-Gaza: Back to Square One?

Read more

DEBATE

Israel-Gaza conflict: 72-hour ceasefire deal sets stage for Cairo talks

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users divided over Darren Wilson

Read more

FOCUS

Spain's El Hierro to become world's first self-powered island

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

A bellwether for what not to do

Read more

ENCORE!

Luc Besson back in action with Scarlett Johansson in 'Lucy'

Read more

FOCUS

Israel's minorities and military service

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Iraq: Kurdish forces fight to protect Yazidis

Read more

  • France’s ex-PM Juppé sets up presidential clash with Sarkozy

    Read more

  • France’s Hollande says global security ‘worst since 2001’

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

  • Brutal IS beheading video sparks social media pushback

    Read more

  • France urges Iran, others in region, to join fight against IS

    Read more

  • A new view on Normandy landings, 70 years on

    Read more

  • Video: Dozens arrested despite smaller protests in Ferguson

    Read more

  • Dozens killed as landslides strike Japan’s Hiroshima

    Read more

  • Suspected Ebola cases in Austria, new drug raises hopes

    Read more

  • WWII anniversary highlights best - and worst - of Paris police

    Read more

  • Headscarf at the beach sparks French MEP’s fury

    Read more

  • Video: Life in under-siege Donetsk

    Read more

  • Racism, riots and police violence: USA under scrutiny

    Read more

  • ‘Let it be’: Londoners sick of Abbey Road tourists

    Read more

Middle east

Damascus residents remain 'sceptical' on US strikes

Video by Patrick Hermansen , Antoine MARIOTTI

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-08-29

FRANCE 24 reports from the heart of the Syrian capital Damascus, where residents remain sceptical about international intervention in the country's two-and-a-half-year civil war and life still retains some semblance of normality.

As the international community wrangles over whether to launch military strikes against Syria, life carries on almost as normal for many of the city's residents.

FRANCE 24 is one of the few news organisations still in the Syrian capital. Our reporters, under close supervision by regime officials, spoke to locals going about their daily lives despite the imminent threat of foreign intervention.

The residents FRANCE 24 spoke to all appeared to be supporters of President Bashar al-Assad and stated firmly their scepticism that strikes by the international community would happen any time soon.  

One seemingly relaxed resident in a sunny Damascus park told FRANCE 24 that it was “impossible that it would happen here.”

“They're just trying to pressure the government,” said one local in the city’s south-western Jaramana district. “If they attack it will affect the United States, Israel and all the countries in the region.”

"Of course we're scared," another resident told FRANCE 24. "With thanks to Allah, I hope they won't attack. But what can we do? If they want to strike us, it'll be the third world war."

For others, the daily struggle to get by overshadowed any concerns of international intervention.

“There's no electricity, it gets cut twice a day, and everything's expensive nowadays,” one resident said. “I can't support my family. Our rent is 10,000 Syrian pounds [around 66 euros] and at any moment my landlord could throw me out. He calls me every day to tell me he wants his money. We don't even have enough to eat and drink.”

Date created : 2013-08-28

  • SYRIA – DIPLOMACY

    Can Kosovo serve as a model for Syria intervention?

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    US 'ready' for possible Syria strike, defence chief says

    Read more

  • SYRIA

    UN visits alleged chemical victims despite sniper attack

    Read more

COMMENT(S)