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Syria crisis: Maaloula resident talks to BBC's Jeremy Bowen

9 September 2013 Last updated at 15:58 BST

A former resident of Maaloula, an historic Christian town to the north of Damascus, has told the BBC her family was forced to leave their home after it was captured by rebels at the weekend.

Antoinette Nassrallah said she didn't know if she would ever return after rebels "stole everything".

She said the United States should stop sending weaponry to the rebels, and that any military action against Syria would be based on a "big lie".