May 4 - Amateur video appears to show the devastation in the aftermath of shelling by government forces. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
REUTERS CANNOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO WHICH WAS OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE STORY: Amateur video posted on a social media website purports to show the impact of Syrian government shelling on a bridge in the city of Deir al-Zor in Syria. One video clip, purportedly filmed on Thursday (May 2), pans across a collapsed bridge structure in the distance, focusing in on areas that have experienced the most destruction. A man off camera says: "Evidence of destruction to this bridge from the explosion of the elevated bridge by the regime." In another video segment, a destroyed bridge is seen from further away as a man off camera says: "The collapse of the elevated bridge as a result of the regime's forces bombing it. Only the columns of the bridge remain. It's being bombed by tanks now violently." Another amateur video clip shows a night scene with thick smoke billowing out of what a man off camera says is Damascus International Airport. The man says: "Explosions at Damascus International Airport. Friday, at 4:30 in the morning. May God kill all the Shabeeha," referring to government-controlled militia. In another video, a jet is seen flying overhead as sounds of shelling are heard. Off camera, a man says: " War-jets air strikes around Mleiha town. May 3, 2013," and "Huge air strikes around Mleiha town." Thick smoke is seen billowing from between buildings in another video as someone off camera says that this is the result of shelling by heavy cannons and rockets launchers on Jobar district. May 2, 2013. The Syrian conflict against the dynastic rule of President Bashar al-Assad has entered its third year and has claimed more than 70,000 lives, according to the United Nations.