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SYRIA: Security crisis prompts Syrian women to take self defence classes

Syrian women are turning to self defence classes to protect themselves from sexual and violence attacks, as the conflict in Syria intensifies, with an increase in rape and kidnappings in the country. The trainees are learning their new skills in a gym in the capital Damascus where they're being trained by World Champion in Kick boxing and Thai Boxing, Azza Attoura. Attoura said women are now more aware of the growing threats to their safety. "There is awareness of the situation and a sense of it...

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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (APRIL 29, 2013) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF WOMEN DURING SELF DEFENCE CLASS VARIOUS OF AZZA ATTOURA, WORLD CHAMPION OF KICK BOXING AND THAI BOXING, EXPLAINING SELF DEFENCE MOVEMENTS TO TRAINEES VARIOUS OF WOMEN DURING THE CLASS ATTOURA DURING THE CLASS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) AZZA ATTOURA, WORLD CHAMPION OF KICK BOXING AND THAI BOXING, SAYING: "There is awareness of the situation and a sense of its importance. This makes the parents send their daughters so they can protect themselves. As there have been some cases taking place during the daytime, so there is a turnout because they felt that a solution should be found for this problem or at least that they should find a way to avoid any possible attacks that they may be subjected to."...

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (APRIL 29, 2013) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF WOMEN DURING SELF DEFENCE CLASS VARIOUS OF AZZA ATTOURA, WORLD CHAMPION OF KICK BOXING AND THAI BOXING, EXPLAINING SELF DEFENCE MOVEMENTS TO TRAINEES VARIOUS OF WOMEN DURING THE CLASS ATTOURA DURING THE CLASS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) AZZA ATTOURA, WORLD CHAMPION OF KICK BOXING AND THAI BOXING, SAYING: "There is awareness of the situation and a sense of its importance. This makes the parents send their daughters so they can protect themselves. As there have been some cases taking place during the daytime, so there is a turnout because they felt that a solution should be found for this problem or at least that they should find a way to avoid any possible attacks that they may be subjected to."

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VARIOUS OF CLASS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) REEM AL-SHAMI, OWNER OF THE GYM, SAYING: "They were so motivated. They wanted to learn this (self defence) so they can gain more confidence and this is what we have noticed since the first lesson. Although they learnt only the first basic movements, but the psychological effect played an important role. They told me that they now feel more confident when they walk down the street." VARIOUS OF LAMIS YARED, DURING CLASS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LAMIS YARED, TRAINEE, SAYING: "Because of the situation, it is not harmful for me to learn how to defend myself if I face an attack. At the same time, it is also helpful for the future. After all it is a kind of sport." VARIOUS OF CLASS...

VARIOUS OF CLASS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) REEM AL-SHAMI, OWNER OF THE GYM, SAYING: "They were so motivated. They wanted to learn this (self defence) so they can gain more confidence and this is what we have noticed since the first lesson. Although they learnt only the first basic movements, but the psychological effect played an important role. They told me that they now feel more confident when they walk down the street." VARIOUS OF LAMIS YARED, DURING CLASS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LAMIS YARED, TRAINEE, SAYING: "Because of the situation, it is not harmful for me to learn how to defend myself if I face an attack. At the same time, it is also helpful for the future. After all it is a kind of sport." VARIOUS OF CLASS

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