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Indyplus audio: Syrian army takes over Qusayr

The Independent spoke via Skype to activists and rebel fighters inside the city yesterday afternoon, during a brief lull in fighting. They  described a scene of devastation: flattened buildings, hospitals low on medical supplies and civilians trapped between the fighting with no escape route.

Rifaie Tammas, 24, is an activist and supporter of the Free Syrian Army. Before the start of the civil war he was an English teacher and he has lived in Qusayr all his life.

Listen to the audios below:

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