File - Syrian children play in an alley some 30 meters from the front line in Jobar.
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The Damascus neighborhood is known as "Berry Place," but its bucolic name hides its difficult reality – it is the front line between rebels and soldiers loyal to President Bashar Assad.The area is an island in the eastern district of Jobar, where rebels hold the east and the army controls the west. On the two streets on the edge of the regime-held portion, lined with modest one-story homes, children play, shouting and laughing, their voices occasionally drowned out by the rumble of artillery or the crack of a sniper's rifle. Seven months ago, Kamshi was injured by a sniper while he was sitting in front of his home.The same can't be said for the children living in the front-line homes in Berry Place, where a tank is stationed at the entrance to the two streets.
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