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Syria: Damascus streets a day before Congress reconvenes

8 September 2013 Last updated at 22:52 BST

Life continues on the streets of Damascus, but the threat of a potential military strike from the US forces hangs over Syria.

The US Congress reconvenes on 9 September and there will be a vote on military strike against Syria.

US Secretary of State John Kerry now says he has the support of at least ten countries over taking "limited" military action following a poison gas attack on Damascus suburbs on August 21, which the US blames on President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The BBC's Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, is one of the few international broadcasters in Damascus.

"The talk of American intervention and the chance it might happen is going to push this war into new and unknown territory," he says.