Aug. 19 - Footage, which cannot be independently verified by Reuters, appears to show thick clouds of smoke over the city of Rastan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE (ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Amateur video posted on a social media website appears to show shelling on the central Syrian city of Rastan. The video, which cannot be independently verified by Reuters, shows smoke rising over a city neighbourhood. A man's voice says "Allahu akbar" (God is Greatest), as a hand holds up a card reading the city name. Another video also shows a district under bombardment. The sound of explosions can be heard, as thick clouds of smoke rise into the sky. Opposition activists say President Bashar al-Assad's forces have resorted increasingly to air power to hold back lightly armed insurgents.