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Life in the historic center of Damascus

The bustling market is a busy meeting place in the heart of ancient Damascus. Even though life retains an air of normality the war is never far away. During CNN correspondent Frederik Pleitgen's visit in early May, jets were flying overhead and there was shelling and bomb attacks in the nearby suburbs.

The bustling market is a busy meeting place in the heart of ancient Damascus. Even though life retains an air of normality the war is never far away. During CNN correspondent Frederik Pleitgen's visit in early May, jets were flying overhead and there was shelling and bomb attacks in the nearby suburbs.