Syrians hide underground to escape struggle for control

By Ian Pannell, BBC News, Idlib province, northern Syria

A small band of rebel fighters pointed towards a gaping hole in the ground in the middle of an orchard.

“Sometimes families live there to keep safe,” I was told.

We were in the north of Syria, on one of the country’s multitude of front lines, the thunderous sound of war ebbing and flowing around us.

Steep, rough-cut steps led the way down.

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