April 7 - Destruction and hardship plague the residents who remain in the embattled city of Deraa in Syria's southwest. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
There is little left to lose in this war-torn city in Syria. Deraa in the southwest is considered the cradle of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Video obtained by Reuters shows the scars of a city at the center of the battle for control of the country. It's been under rebel control for about a year. But it is targeted daily by the government. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESIDENT OF DERAA CITY, ABU HILAL, SAYING: "We are facing terrible conditions. We receive no humanitarian assistance, no bread, no fuel. This was a restaurant. This neighborhood here has been completely destroyed by bombings. They fire mortar shells and rockets at us daily." Many residents have fled. For many, they no longer have a place to call home. The U.N. reported Monday that it will have to cut the size of its food donations by 20 percent because of a shortage of funds from donors. Syria's three-year-old conflict has killed more than 150,000 people.