"If I fall into the hands of the Syrian army I’ll be tortured for sure. But life with those others is certain death,"
“…Unlike other Syrian cities, Aleppo and its 2.7 million inhabitants stayed on the sidelines of the protest for months, provoking jeers from protesters who even paraded one banner declaring: “Even with Viagra, Aleppo cannot rise.”In the Christian quarter of Aziziyeh, Elias and Johnny, both 38, are at their wits’ end…..
“I’m not with the regime but I support the military 100 percent. I want them to restore order so people can work,” he says.
“And plenty of the rebels are foreign Islamists. What are they doing in our city? I’m sure 90 percent of the real people of Aleppo, rich or poor, share my opinion.”
Even among some activists there is a feeling of disillusionment.
“All these sacrifices for the Islamists, the people of Al-Qaeda, to take over? It’s unbearable,” says Khaled, a liberal lawyer.
While he was pro-revolution from day one, now Khaled is thinking of leaving the country altogether.
“If I fall into the hands of the Syrian army I’ll be tortured for sure. But life with those others is certain death,” he says….
“The rebels came from outside the city and took over Salaheddin district first, since that is where people originally from Idlib (in the northwest) live,” explains Omar, a Sunni businessman. …”