Media playback is unsupported on your device

Syria crisis: Maaloula resident talks to BBC's Jeremy Bowen

9 September 2013 Last updated at 15:58 BST

A former resident of Maaloula, an historic Christian town to the north of Damascus, has told the BBC her family was forced to leave their home after it was captured by rebels at the weekend.

Antoinette Nassrallah said she didn't know if she would ever return after rebels "stole everything".

She said the United States should stop sending weaponry to the rebels, and that any military action against Syria would be based on a "big lie".

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.