Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Shifts in the propaganda war waged between Israelis and Palestinians

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French MPs face quandary in pro-Palestinian rallies

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Yezid Sayigh, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut

Read more

#TECH 24

Mind the Gender Gap : getting more women into the tech sector

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Bolivian children: heading to work aged 10

Read more

WEB NEWS

Israel and Hamas battle online over public opinion

Read more

FOCUS

Can Chancellor Merkel's winning streak last?

Read more

FOCUS

Hunger in a fertile land...

Read more

DEBATE

Nigeria: One Hundred Days and Counting (part 2)

Read more

  • Live: Algerian jet with 116 on board 'crashes' in northern Mali

    Read more

  • ‘Many’ French passengers on board missing Algerian plane

    Read more

  • Iraqi parliament elects moderate Kurd as president

    Read more

  • Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death arrives in Italy

    Read more

  • No end to fighting until Israel ends Gaza blockade, Hamas says

    Read more

  • Two foreign women shot dead in western Afghanistan

    Read more

  • At least 60 killed in attack on prison convoy near Baghdad

    Read more

  • Cycling is ‘winning the war on doping,’ says expert

    Read more

  • Ceasefire agreed for Central African Republic

    Read more

  • Can Jew-kissing-Arab selfie give peace a viral chance?

    Read more

  • In pictures: Thousands march for Gaza peace in Paris

    Read more

  • France charges Swiss bank UBS with tax fraud

    Read more

  • Israel faces heightened diplomatic pressure as Gaza violence rages

    Read more

  • Botched Arizona execution takes nearly two hours

    Read more

  • Bomb attacks leave scores dead in north Nigeria

    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)