Mortar fire hit Christian area in Damascus, casualties reported

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Christian neighbourhood of Qassa' in central Damascus was bombed by mortar shells. File photo

ARA News

Beirut, Lebanon – Three people were reported dead and dozens others injured on Friday in the Christian-majority neighbourhood of Qassa’ in central Damascus after being hit with eight mortar shells, local sources reported. No party adopted Qassa’ attacks.

Anas al-Zabibi, a resident of Qassa’, was reported dead after being taken to hospital on Friday, while his young son, Adil Zbibi, was killed earlier on Friday morning after a mortar shell hit their house in central Damascus, south of Syria.

Speaking to ARA News from Damascus, an eyewitness who participated in transferring the wounded reported that the young victim (Zabibi) lost his life on the spot, while the residents of the neighbourhood were hardly able to transfer the father and mother to the hospital.

Another resident from the neighbourhood, who preferred anonymity for security reasons, told ARA News that an old man named Abu Saeed was also killed after mmortar fire hit his house next to Burj al-Rous square in Qassa’.

A state of panic reportedly prevailed in the Christian neighbourhood on Friday after several residential buildings were targeted by mortar fire.

Local sources accused the Islamic opposition fighters of being behind Qassa’ attacks.

 

Reporting by: Husam al-Zeer

Source: ARA News

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