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Conflict within Syria
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
The people within Syria reacted with mixed views while I was there asking questions -- why hasn't Europe and the US intervened, where is international aid saying they want weapons, medical supplies, food, no fly zone, etc? This is very hard to explain and to answer their questions due to the complicated situation within Syria.
Most people are extremely welcoming, even if their home has been bombed or fighting continues in their neighborhood. More people are pledging their support to Jabal Al Nursa, which is linked to al-Qaeda due to the fact they're more well equipped and winning the battles for the Syrians. Speaking to various FSA fighters, most want to become a martyr for the revolution and for the fall of Assad. There is sectarianism within the ranks of the FSA due to Sharia law being active in Aleppo now, but other Katibas [groups of fighters] want democracy - the reason of the start of the revolution. The living conditions of the refugee camp of IDPs I visited in Bab Al Salam, Azaz, are shocking. There is no major international aid going into the camp, except UNHCR tents. Sixty percent of those living in the camp are children who are affected the most, suffering from many illnesses due to hygiene issues and PTSD from the tragic events they have witnessed in the conflict.