DARAA, Syria - During the day, a terrifying calm settles in the old town of this city. The streets are deserted. Shops are closed. Stones, burning tires, broken glass and concrete bricks from last night's battle litter the streets. Heavily armed soldiers are guarding their tight network of checkpoints. They hide behind sandbags next to their tanks, pointing their automatic weapons at the few who dare to roam around.
The Omari Mosque in Daraa, which was once the epicenter of the Syrian uprising and then a field hospital for the wounded, has turned into a fortress for President Bashar Assad's army - much like the entire city.
"Get out of here quickly. There are snipers everywhere," shouts the man working alone in the graveyard. He digs deep into the earth. Two more funerals are to be held today. Like a huge open wound, the long rows of the many new graves are covered only
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