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Damascus today:

July 22nd, 2012 Comments off
From Angry Arab chief correspondent in Syria, Akram:
Damascus is recovering?

Today (Saturday July 21st), the Syrian capital, Damascus lived an uneasy calm after eight days of fierce fighting that took place in several quarters. Traffic in the neighborhoods that haven’t witnessed combats appeared close to normal. Many stores opened their doors and people walked the streets after being prisoners at home for several days. The Hal marketplace, specialized in the wholesale trade of groceries and vegetables, was overcrowded of buyers preparing themselves to the first day of Ramadan. The humanitarian crisis continues to impose itself on the scene. Hundreds of displaced families spent the night in the public parks. In the morning, many of them were standing on roadsides waiting for a transport to take them to where they can find a shelter.

Christian or scientist?
Nevertheless, this fragile calm was interrupted with the assassination Nabil Zogheib and his wife, Violette, and his two sons, George and Jimmy. As with everything related to Syria, conflicting reports about this assassination circulated in the media. While some reports said the victims have been killed in Bab Touma, a Damascene neighborhood populated mostly by Christians, describing Mr. Zogheib as a retired army officer and suggesting he was killed on a sectarian basis (Arabic, Arabic), other (and more plausible) reports said he was a senior expert in the Syrian missile program and that he was murdered in his house in the neighborhood of Berzah were many of the Syrian scientists live (Arabic).

A Good Friday
Today witnessed the first appearance of a civilian governmental figure since the beginning of the fighting in the Syrian capital, when Bishr Al-Sabban, the governor of Damascus visited the afflicted quarter of Al-Midan announcing that it will be restored within five days!!!
This short appearance came after days of total absence during which the residents felt abandoned to their own fate amid conflicting news about what was happening in the burning neighborhoods. I, personally, lived this heavy and depressing feeling during a tour I made yesterday (Friday July, 20th) in Al-Kassa’a neighborhood. Al-Kassa’a is the most prestigious clothing market in Damascus and one of the “Christian” quarters in the city. It is, usually crowded, not only by shoppers, but mainly by young people and middle and low income families who find pleasure in walking amid the spotlights and the loud music emanating from the shops. But yesterday was different. Stores were closed, the street was dominated by silence and darkness with few people standing on the corners discussing “the situation”. A veiled woman was talking by her mobile phone, crying and begging someone, who appeared to be her husband to leave the house. The man, seemingly, preferred to stay and protect the family apartment. White ribbons, stretched over the street, exacerbated the death appearance that was dominating the scene. These ribbons were all of what remained of the funeral of the Syrian minister of defense held earlier that day in the Holly Cross church located there.

Please leave Christians alone
In its evening newscast, Al Jadded TV, broadcasted a report entitled: eyewitness on sectarian slaughter in Syria.. The “eyewitness” was no other than Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross who recounted unfounded stories about people being slaughtered on the sole base of being Christians.
A brief word I would like to say to everyone who claims concerned about the safety of Christians: Please leave Christians alone.

Happy Ramadan
While I was buying some cakes from a grocery owned by a Christian family, the owner who, for some reason, concluded I was Muslim, accompanied me to the door saying gently and sincerely: Happy Ramadan.”

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Battle around Damascus rages on

July 18th, 2012 Comments off

There is more fighting during the night around the Syrian capital Damascus, activists say, with reports of a key barracks on fire.
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‘Fierce battles’ in Damascus area

July 16th, 2012 Comments off

Heavy fighting is reported around the Syrian capital Damascus, as government forces use mortar fire in clashes with the Free Syrian Army.
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Hamas member killed in Syria, Mossad suspected

June 28th, 2012 Comments off

A 2010 image allegedly shows one of the suspects (R) in the murder of top Hamas militant Mahmud al-MabhuhA Hamas member was killed Wednesday in a suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, a senior member of the group told AFP, adding that they suspected Israel's spy agency of being behind the attack.

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Gun battles erupt near Damascus

June 26th, 2012 Comments off

Fierce fighting is reported between troops and rebel forces in the suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus, amid heightened tension between Syria and Turkey.
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Islamists claim Damascus blasts

May 12th, 2012 Comments off

A video from a shadowy Islamist group, al-Nusra, says it carried out bomb attacks in the Syrian capital Damascus which killed 55 on Thursday.
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UN condemns Syria bomb attacks

May 10th, 2012 Comments off

The UN Security Council condemns bomb attacks which killed at least 55 people near an intelligence complex in the Syrian capital, Damascus.
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Syria ‘suicide bombs’ kill dozens

May 10th, 2012 Comments off

At least 55 people are killed in a double suicide car bombing near an intelligence complex in the Syrian capital, Damascus, officials say.
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‘Heavy fighting’ in Syria capital

March 19th, 2012 Comments off

A heavy firefight is reported to have broken out in the Syrian capital Damascus between rebels of the Free Syrian Army and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
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Twin suicide blasts kill dozens in Syrian capital

March 18th, 2012 Comments off

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, burnt and destroyed cars are seen near the aviation intelligence department, which was attacked by one of two explosions, in Damascus, Syria, on Saturday, March 17, 2012. Twin bombings struck government targets in the Syrian capital early Saturday, killing security forces and civilians and leaving pools of blood and carnage in the streets, according to state-run television. (AP Photo/SANA)Two suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in near-simultaneous attacks on heavily guarded intelligence and security buildings in the Syrian capital Damascus Saturday, killing at least 27 people.

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