There hasn't been a party like this in Damascus since the start of they Syrian conflict.
This is the Sham Brings Us Together Festival organized by the Syrian Ministry of Tourism for the first time in eight years. That after the Syrian army announced in March that it had driven rebels from all the territory they held around the capital.>>
> People were bored during the past period because they could not leave home.
We were not able to go out. Now, we can. There's a feeling of safety which is the most important thing.
>> But while the drums beat here
e guns continue to pound just 60 miles away. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad offensive in the southwest is seeking to reclaim one of the two remaining rebel strongholds in Syria, the other being Idlib in the northwest.
er the past two weeks, the Syrian army has escalated it's offensive taking territory and bringing two large towns under state control.
That's despite this being a de-escalation zone of reduced warfare and bombardment agreed but the US, Russia and Jordan. Washington had said it would respond to any violation of this agreement, but has done nothing so far. On Sunday, Jordan stepped in to mediate peace talks in the border town of Busra al-Sham in a bid to quell further violence and stop another wave of displacement in its neighboring territory.
Over the past two weeks and in the face of intense air strikes, at least 160,000 people have fled their homes according to UN estimates. Most have sought refuge along the borders of Jordan and the Israeli occupied Golden Heights. Both Jordan and Israel have said their borders are staying closed, but they have distributed aid to those sheltering nearby.
On Sunday, Israel also deployed tanks and artillery to the Syrian front saying this was as a precaution because of the fighting.