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"If the jihadists enter Damascus they'll massacre people."
Hashem, resident of Damascus
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Damascus (AFP) - Some Damascus residents now fear the worst after Islamist coalition gains against the military in northern Syria. Despite regime reassurances, could jihadists infiltrate the capital?
"We are trembling with fear. If the extremists get in there'll be fighting in the streets. Everything will be destroyed," said marble merchant Mohammed Ayman in the Damascus city centre.
There are few outward signs of the trepidation felt by many. The traffic is as bad as usual, and the shops are all open.
However, morale is low among many residents because the news from the front is not good.
On Saturday, Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front fighters and other rebel groups took the key regime town of Jisr al-Shughur in the northwest less than a month after seizing Idlib, capital of the province of the same name.
These latest losses in the north can be added to important rebel gains in the far south in Daraa province, where both the ancient town of Bosra al-Sham and the main border crossing with Jordan have fallen.
"I heard on an Arab TV channel that the rebels will be in Damascus in 90 days. We're in a trap," said hawker Salim Afghani.
"No one in the world can help us. Damascus could be destroyed, just like Jisr al-Shughur."
State television has reported the fall of both Jisr al-Shughur and Idlib, despite the "heroism" of soldiers in the face of "the arrival of thousands of terrorists who came from Turkey".
"If the jihadists enter Damascus they'll massacre people they see as close to the regime and the others will have to flee," warned tailor Hashem.
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