"It was 7am. There was a knock at the door. My youngest daughter went to open it. She thought her friends had come.
“She opened the door and found around 50 soldiers. The army came to my home to fire on the rebels from the veranda. Some of them stayed at the entrance, and the others came into the house - into the bedroom, kitchen and balcony.
“You cannot ask `Why?’. We were not allowed to leave. We had to stay inside. We hid in the bathroom for nine hours. They said it was not safe to leave with the family. The operation was running on two sides. It was very bad. You could hear the gunfire. It was right next to us, right in front of our eyes. We are in the corridor and they are on the balcony shooting.
“I was screaming more than the kids. My oldest daughter had delivered a baby just a week before they came to the house. I told the officer, `My daughter has just given birth. She is not well. She needs a hospital. Soon, it will be 4pm, the roads will close, and we won’t be able to leave.’
“He said, `You cannot leave.’
"Mustafa" who, along with his family, lived in a strategic location - on a hill overlooking a Syrian town where rebels had been increasing in force.
Read the entire report by the United Nations’ news agency, IRIN, at: SYRIA: Mustafa, “The army came to my home to fire on the rebels from the veranda”
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