Ground Zero: Syria (Part 2) - Burning of The Old Souk


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Transcript:

NARRATOR: As Friday's fighting intensified, black smoke
billowed up into the evening sky over Aleppo.
Gathered near the historic Old City, fighters of the Free
Syrian Army clashed with forces of President Bashar al
Assad as government troops advanced towards the 17th
century market in the heart of one of the world's oldest and
continuously inhabited cities.
As the street battles ensued, Assad's forces attacked the
local population, including civilians, from their
stronghold located in Aleppo's 13th century citadel.
From their elevated positions, Assad's forces fired into the
old city, devastating the area controlled by
the Free Syrian Army.

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NARRATOR: Over the course of the following days, as the
fire continued to burn uncontrollably, hundreds of
shops and medieval houses were scorched and destroyed.
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NARRATOR: As the best preserved souk in the Middle
East burned, I met with vendors and fighters with the
Free Syrian Army as they helped small business owners
salvage silks, spices, and perfumes from their scorched
storefronts.

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NARRATOR: One of the world's best preserved souks has been
lost forever.
The destruction of such a significant cultural relic
further undermines any notion of understanding and peace in
the region.
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