Jobar, a strategically significant area that leads into the very center of the capital, is a rebel stronghold of sorts and one of the first places hit by chemical weapons on August 21. Heavy shelling and fighting followed.
As you can see, Jobar is in the dark while regime-held neighborhoods closer to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s seat of power are lit up.
The view indicates the most heartbreaking reality of the 31-month civil war: At its core, the war pits Syrians against Syrians. And it’s tearing the country apart.
But overwhelmingly, the people that are dying, fleeing, and fighting are Syrians.
Here’s a map showing how Jobar is connected to key government facilities at the heart of the capital:
The original tweet:
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.