To talk about news of Syria for two years is one thing and to live the harsh reality on the ground is another.
Al Arabiya correspondent Rima Maktabi managed to enter Syrian territories from the Turkish side. From there, she recounted stories of the revolutions and of civilians suffering under the yoke of war.
After waiting for about half an hour, Al Arabiya’s team, which included photographer Murad Masarwa, crossed into Syria from Turkey. From there, they went to Teftanaz.
“It is a road laden with danger,” said Maktabi. “Anything can happen… missiles, rockets, air strikes. The weather is bad, though, and revolutionaries say that when vision is blurred it is very hard to launch air strikes.”
Maktabi said mostly revolutionaries should be afraid of air strikes.
On the way, revolutionaries received reports that a car with armed men loyal to the regime is patrolling the area, said Maktabi. They stop the car and verify its identity, she added.
Al Arabiya’s team spent the night in a cave with Syrian civilians who escaped air raids by regime forces, consistently bombarding them. “People sometimes spend one night after another in caves to protect themselves from regime bombings,” Maktabi added.