TORONTO - When Bayan Khatib logs onto Skype she immediately enters the hellish world that her family and friends in Syria are currently experiencing.
Khatib is using the social media tool to connect directly, not just by voice but by video, with people who are constantly under threat of bombs falling on them -- sometimes not long after they have exploded nearby.
In fact, as QMI Agency joined Khatib Thursday for one of her daily online discussions, her friend, Saddam Nasrallah, told her that his house and office were both bombed by Bashar al-Assad's regime earlier in the day.
"We can't go back there now, because there is a fear of a second strike," Nasrallah told Khatib in Arabic.
It was almost 7 p.m. in Syria when they spoke and he was inside a safe building away from his home.
He continued to hear firing and attacks in his neighbourhood, which is located on the outskirts of Hama, Nasrallah told her.
"Two days ago a shopping centre was bombed and two people were killed," said Khatib, who translated what Nasrallah was saying.
"They are bombing well-known civilian areas now."