After almost three weeks of withering counterattacks by President Bashar al Assad's troops, the intensity of fighting in Syria's largest city is not diminishing. The regime launched on Wednesday a ground attack on the Salah Al-Dine district of Aleppo. On Friday videos emerged reportedly showing Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters still in the disputed district thus refuting Thursday's reports of complete withdrawal.
Syrian activists and a few journalists are the only sources of information coming out of Syria. Among them is Jenan Moussa who was tweeting live from the inferno of Aleppo for 5 days.
Roving reporter for Al Aan TV, Moussa entered the war-ravaged country on August 4.
Moussa entered Syria via the Bab El Samalah crossing which was liberated by FSA fighters. Rebels also captured last month the Bab al-Hawa crossing in Idlib province.
Jenan Moussa with a rebel fighter at the Syrian border.
As soon as she entered thecountry, the journalist tweeted about the first signs of the ongoing conflict.
Moussa described the difficult living conditions including the lack of food, petrol, gas and electricity. She also noted an evident need for ammunitions.
Located in a town north of Aleppo, the Azaz reporter could not have been closer to the front line.
In her tweets Moussa, who regularly changed location, often refers to the daily life of FSA fighters who continue their struggle against Bashar al-Assad whilst observing the Ramadan.
On August 5 Jenan Moussa followed the FSA during a night time operation. Her account is chilling.
After less than two days in the country, Moussa said she was already "accustomed” to the sound of shelling, which suggests how intense and regular the bombardments must have been in her area.
No respite for the young journalist, according to her tweets the shelling was almost constant, whether it was during the day or at night. On August 6 and 7 she tweeted:
After four days in Aleppo suburbs, Jenan and his colleague arrived in the city of Aleppo on August 8. Her tweets are self-explanatory.
Jenan Moussa has now left Syria. The journalist reached the Turkish border last night.