“It was the most difficult thing being away and hearing the news. You try to chase what’s going on,” he says.
He searched obsessively online for any information. “One YouTube video shows a battle on my doorstep. So people fighting and screaming in my little street,” he says.
Even more distressing was when his fragile 84-year-old father, trying to reach the house from his own home in government-held territory, was caught in sniper fire.
“For two hours he had to stay flat on the floor at the corner of the street while bullets were flying over his head,” Tajeddin says.
“After that he never went again.”