March 16 - Amateur video shows government tank opening fire in Damascus, as citizens scramble during air strikes in Homs. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The calm before the carnage as a tank patrols a street in Damascus. Amateur video which could not be independently verified by Reuters shows the scramble for life in Homs. Citizens run for safety in a place where there are few safe havens. When the airstrikes come the scramble for life. Homs, just north of Damascus, lies on a vital road linking army bases on the Mediterranean coast to government forces in Damascus. It is now a major battleground in the two-year-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, where a turn in the wrong direction can cost you your life. Once sacred places are now haunted by a war that has cost more than 70,000 lives and pushed at least one million people into exile.