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    Posted June 19, 2013 by
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    Rebel Controlled Area, Syria


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Freelance photographer Daniel Connor spent time this week speaking with residents living in Azaz, Syria, a small town under control of the Free Syrian Army. Through an interpreter, he interviewed a rebel fighter (shown in photos 7 and 10) who stands guard at the hospital and a local boy (photo 4) helping his family rebuild their home after a SCUD missile attack.

    Azaz was bombed on December 31, 2012, and earlier this year, CNN's Ivan Watson shared the stories of the people who refuse to leave their homes.

    “Conditions in the city are rough for most,” Connor said. “They face constant threat of airstrikes from the regime, even though they are so close to the border of a NATO member which has air defense systems set up at its border. Electricity is only on for a few hours a day, though supplies do seem to be somewhat readily available, which is due to the city's proximity to the Turkish border and the porous nature of that border.”
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Photos taken in Azaz, Syria. Near the Turkish border, Azaz is under control of the Free Syrian Army. Regime jets can still be heard flying overhead, but most ground combat has ceased, except at an airport a few kilometers outside of town. Rebel forces have the airport surrounded, which according to local fighters, is home to some regime loyalists holed up there. Whenever the rebels push to take the building the regime loyalists hold, they are pushed back by Assad's jets. Occasionally, standing on top of an abandoned hospital partially destroyed by an airstrike, one can hear the rebel guns firing at the airport.
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