Qassioun Mountain

From the album Syria from both sides

Damascus Syria - September 19:

Fires burn near the neighborhood of Qadam In Damascus, Syria as seen from Qassioun Mountain which used to be a place to and drink coffee and refreshments, but now artillery is fired from nearby down onto the city.

The rebels say that the smoke come from the shelling of their neighborhoods and the plainclothed security man that stopped me from photographing claimed that they were tires lit by rebels to make the government look bad. Shelling was heard throughout the day.

(David Degner / Getty Images)