Under army fire, Syrian family prays soldier son will defect

A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his rifle as he walks through an apartment destroyed by a tank shell during clashes with Syrian Army soldiers in the Salah al- Din neighbourhood in central AleppoALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) – When Syrian forces fired machineguns and rockets on her neighborhood, Um Mohammed prayed for her son – a soldier in the army she fears may kill her. It was a shock to see the Syrian revolt turn her city of Aleppo into a war zone, she says, but the psychological torment is worse. Every day she faces the reality that her 20-year-old son is part of the army she hopes the rebels will defeat. "When he calls I tell him: 'I love you. Please run away. Let yourself be shot before you shoot your own people'," she says. …

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