Christmas in Damascus marked with terrorist attack in Christian district

Terrorists attacked a Christian district in Damascus, Syria on Christmas and fired three mortar shells close to a French hospital, according to local media.

(REUTERS / Bassam Khabieh)People walk past damaged buildings in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria February 9, 2016.

An unnamed police source told the Syrian Arab News Agency that terrorists fired mortars in the Christian district of al-Qassa'a in Damascus on Sunday. The attack near a residential area left private and public establishments damaged, but there are no available details on casualties.

Before Christmas, SANA said militants attacked the Barada water pipeline in Kafr al-Zayt in Damascus. According to Damascus and Damascus Countryside Water Establishment director Hussam Hreidin, a similar attack occurred less than a month ago and that they had already restored the pipeline service on Friday.

Pro-government media, on the other hand, said the government cut the water supplies to Damascus for a few days because rebels had polluted the source with diesel. Instead of getting water from the al-Fija spring, which is located in rebel-held area, the government used water reserves.

Meanwhile, a fresh spate of airstrikes hit eastern Aleppo over the weekend while some of the locals were making their way back to their homes. State media said five people were killed in the explosion, which occurred after the government took over the city.

On Saturday, state media said the explosion was caused by an explosive left by Syrian rebels inside a school. The insurgents had withdrawn from Aleppo after a ceasefire deal took effect to halt more than four years of violence.

For the first time since July 2012, Syrian government forces took over eastern Aleppo on Thursday. This was the first biggest victory for President Bashar al-Assad's troops since the war erupted more than five years ago.

The civil war in Syria has stretched on since 2011 as the government continues to battle against terrorist and opposition groups including the Islamic State and the Jabhat Fatah al Sham.

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