Zabadani, located 20 miles northwest of Damascus near the Lebanese border, was once a popular summer destination for tourists from the Gulf. Seventeen months after the Syrian revolution began, its residents are now subject to constant and indiscriminate shelling by the army of Bashar al-Assad.
Unlike the raging street battles in other parts of Syria, the armed struggle for strategic control of Zabadani has effectively reached a stalemate. The town is, by and large, controlled by residents and fighters with the Free Syrian Army. Yet the regime has taken to assaulting the town from a distance, delivering a daily barrage of tank and artillery shells from the mountains above.
Credit: Sharif Abdel Kouddous