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Air strikes leave Douma burning as U.N. envoy arrives in Syria

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 01:16

As air strikes leave Syrian residents of Douma fighting for their lives, the United Nations special peace envoy arrives in Damascus. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Amid screams and frantic calls for help, a race to salvage a burning building and anyone trapped inside. New amateur video appears to show firefighters and residents of Douma trying to douse the flames from a building hit by government air strikes. This is the violence that's become all too familiar in Syria and the violence that's brought the United Nations peace envoy to Damascus. Staffan De Mistura arrived Monday. He's expected to present new ideas for a truce plan that aims to freeze fighting in Aleppo and get badly needed humanitarian aid into the city. Like Aleppo, the Yarmouk refugee camp outside Damascus is also suffering from a shortage in aid. Fighting between the government and insurgent groups like al Qaeda's Nusra Front have prevented critical aid from getting in. Reuters cannot independently verify the videos, which were posted on social media websites. The UN says 200,000 people have been killed since 2011.

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Air strikes leave Douma burning as U.N. envoy arrives in Syria

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 01:16