What the world overlooked in Syria
Ever since the United States announced it would act against Syria in response to a chemical weapon attack more than three weeks ago, the world has been fixated on when and how Washington and its allies will act.
The debate on whether the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against the opposition in the suburbs of Damascus is ongoing. Statements by top Western leaders on Syria come out almost daily. U.S. politicians continue to wrangle over whether Washington should strike President Bashar al-Assad’s military installations. And pro-intervention Syrian activists have stepped up their campaign to convince members of congress to vote "yes” for military strikes in their country.
But since the August 21 attack, which is reported to have killed between as many as 1,400 people, the country has witnessed a steady flow of bloodletting. Between Aug. 22 and Sept. 9, at least 1,529 people were killed, according to the Local Coordination Committees activist network. New "massacres" have been reported, new advances by Assad's troops have been recorded and takeovers of villages by rebel forces have been claimed.
Here are some of the major stories that took place across Syria in the past three weeks but were overshadowed by the chemical attack saga:
Bodies discovered in Aleppo's wells
Seven bodies were discovered rotting in a well located in the town of Junaid in the suburbs of Aleppo.
The corpses were found a few weeks after residents in the nearby village of Om Amoud recovered dozens of bodies from six wells there.
Residents accused forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of killing both townsfolk and passers-by and throwing their bodies into wells, during 10 days of intense battles with rebel forces.
Al Jazeera's Naser Shadid, who was in Om Amoud as volunteers recovered the bodies, said the process was very difficult due to the strong smell and the lack of proper equipment.Read more.