Syria Violence Turns Aleppo Into 'Ghost Town'

Syria's second-largest city shelled heavily by tanks and rockets.
2:51 | 07/30/12

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IT HAS THE WORLD ON EDGE TONIGHT. AMERICA'S ALLY, ISRAEL, RIGHT NEXT DOOR. TERRORISTS ARE TRYING TO INFILL RATE THE REBEL FORCES. THESE ARE NEW REBT FORCES IN THE COMMERCIAL CENTER OF SYRIA. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SYRIANS HAVE FLED THE CITY. BUT ALEX MARQUETTE HAS MADE THE JOURNEY IN SYRIA AND THEY REPORT TONIGHT FROM SYRIA ON WHAT THEY ARE SEEING. Reporter: AS THE SUN CAME OVER THE HORIZON, WORD CAME THE BORDER WAS CLEAR. WE RACED UP THE HILL, HIDING FROM A NEARBY TURKISH MILITARY POST, AND CROSSED THROUGH A BIG HOLE IN THE BORDER FENCE. WELCOME TO SYRIA. Reporter: THE SYRIAN ARMY IS INCREASINGLY SCARCE IN THIS PART OF NORTHERN SYRIA. THE FREE SYRIAN FLAG WAVED IN THE FIRST VILLAGE WE ARRIVED IN. BUT THE ARMY'S PRESENCE IS FELT EVERYWHERE. LIKE IN THE TOWN OF ATAREB, JUST 15 MILES FROM ALEPPO, WHICH WAS SHILLED HEAVILY BY TANKS AND ROCKETS. THIS VIDEO FROM EARLIER IN THE CONFLICT SHOWS YOU WHAT IT WAS LIKE HERE. THE DEVASTATION IN THE TOWN IS ABSOLUTELY STAGGERING. THERE IS HARDLY A BUILDING THAT HASN'T BEEN DAMAGED IN SOME FASHION. AND IT'S ESSENTIALLY A GHOST TOWN. EVERYONE HAS FLED. WE'RE TOLD THAT THERE ARE VILLAGES AND TOWNS LIKE THIS ALL ACROSS THE REGION. TWO STILL HERE ARE FARMER KAYE MAHMOUD AND HIS TWO-YEAR-OLD NIECE, AMINA. HE TOLD US REGIME FORCES EXECUTED HIS BROTHER AND BURNED DOWN HIS HOUSE. HOW WILL YOU EXPLAIN TO YOUR NIECE WHAT HAPPENED HERE? . I WILL TELL HER WHAT HAPPENED. THAT THE ASSAD ARMY DID THIS TO US. WE DROVE SOUTH INTO IDLIB PROVINCE, WHICH HAS SEEN SOME OF THE WORST FIGHTING. WE MET ABDELLATIF AL HAMOUD AND HIS WIFE, SABRIYA. THREE SONS HAVE BEEN KILLED FIGHTING WITH THE REBELS. WHEN THE REVOLUTION STARTED, I PROVIDED MY SONS. THEY WERE KILLED. I STILL HAVE SIX. AND I PRAY TO GOD FOR THE OTHERS TO BE MARTYRS, LIKE THEIR BROTHERS. EVERYONE, IT SEEMS, HAS A STORY OF HEARTBREAK. BUT RATHER THAN WEAKEN THEM, IT HAS ONLY STRENGTHENED THEIR RESOLVE TO RID SYRIA OF ASSAD. ALEXANDER MARQUARDT, ABC NEWS, IN NORTHERN SYRIA. AND WHY THE FIGHTING RAGES AND OUR TEAM REPORTS ON IT FROM INSIDE SYRIA, ANOTHER DEFECTION FROM THE SYRIAN REGIME. SYRIA'S DIPLOMAT SAYS HE CAN NO LONGER REPRESENT A GOVERNMENT THAT HAS COMMITMENTED SUCH VIOLENT AND THE OPPRESSIVE ACTS.

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