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Syrians no longer trust neighbours as 'religious mosaic' breaks up

Syria's government troops are stepping up their offensive against rebel forces in Damascus, according to the BBC's Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen.

It comes as a Syrian minister hails a US-Russia deal on Syria's chemical weapons as a "victory" that averts war.

The agreement states Syria must provide full details of its stockpile within a week - with the chemical arsenal eliminated by mid-2014.

Jeremy Bowen has been to meet Christians who fled their homes in Maaloula, some of whom say they were attacked by rebels "with local accents".

He says many Syrians no longer trust their old neighbours and that "the religious mosaic of different sects is breaking up".

  • 15 Sep 2013
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