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Franciscan monastery in Damascus hit by mortar shelling

February 06, 2015

A Franciscan monastery in Damascus was hit by shells during an exchange between Syrian government forces and rebel groups on February 6, the Fides news service reports.

The monastery dedicated to the Conversion of St. Paul, located in one of the older residential sections of Damascus, was struck by a mortar shell, causing substantial damage but no human casualties. However, there were reports of deaths and injuries in the neighborhood during the shelling.

The Jesuit Refugee Service issued a statement decrying an “escalation of indiscriminate attacks recorded in Aleppo and Damascus in recent days.” The statement charged that combatants had “intentionally targeted civilian areas,” terrorizing the residents and blocking the work of humanitarian relief agencies.


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