Video captured by drone reveals just how devastating the destruction has been in a Damascus suburb where the buildings might be divided into two categories: partially damaged and totally demolished.
As the drone camera makes its way from one block to the next, it seems there is no end in sight to the complete and utter ruin characterizing today’s suburb of Jobar.
“Apocalyptic scenes of Damascus suburb obliterated by violent clashes” was how RT described the drone video which the Russian network obtained.
By contrast, here’s how RT described what Jobar was like five years ago:
Before the conflict in Syria erupted in 2011, the neighborhood was home to some 300,000 residents, most of whom were Sunni Muslims. The suburb contained a number of ancient landmarks, most notably the Green Synagogue, the oldest Jewish synagogue in the world. It also contained the Grand Jobar Mosque in addition to the tomb of the Prophet Elijah. Jobar also housed ancient baths that were built during Ottoman times.
The clashes continue in Jobar between the Syrian Army and rebel forces aiming to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. The suburb is now in the hands of rebels.
A longer version of the video can be seen at this link.