As the crisis in Syria spirals out of control, thousands of citizens are fleeing the country seeking safety and telling stories of bombed houses and ruined lives.

Fierce clashes were reported in the country's largest city of Aleppo on Tuesday, one day after the regime of President Bashar Assad said it would use its chemical weapons against any "foreign aggression."

CBC's Sasa Petricic spoke with a number of Syrian refugees at the Masnaa border crossing in eastern Lebanon but many were hesitant to criticize Assad for fear of retribution.