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The militants holding Eastern Ghouta have been shelling Damascus for a long time, and the shelling has  intensified during the last ten days.
The militants holding Eastern Ghouta have been shelling Damascus for a long time, and the shelling has  intensified during the last ten days.

Constant Shelling of Damascus Ignored by Western Media Outlets

Constant Shelling of Damascus Ignored by Western Media Outlets

As Western governments focus their attention on the plight of Eastern Ghouta, the city of Damascus continues to endure constant shelling from the Syrian capital’s suburb controlled by militants, and which the Western media “do not talk about,” an NGO volunteer reveals.
A French woman working for an NGO called SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, and who opted to remain in Syria as her organization decided in February to close shop there due to safety concerns, told Sputnik on condition of anonymity that the militants holding Eastern Ghouta have been shelling Damascus for a long time, and that the shelling has intensified during the last ten days.
“In the West they talk a lot about the events in Ghouta which is indeed being heavily bombed–the sounds of airstrikes can regularly be heard at my apartment. But Damascus is being shelled as well, and it is being shelled by the terrorists entrenched in Ghouta.  They use rockets and mortars to shell the city and especially Bab Touma, a Christian borough where many refugee families live,” she said.
“The Old Town usually bustled with activity–people strolling around, visiting each other and going to the market. Now it has become desolate; cafes stand empty and few dare to venture out into the streets. Here and there you can see the marks left by exploding mortar shells. The residents are afraid to leave their homes,” she added.
The woman shared the stories of two Syrian men who fell victim to the shelling which the West apparently prefers to ignore.
“I met a man yesterday, he’s 33 and has a family and children. His 7-year old son was killed by a mortar shell. He himself was injured while shopping at a local marketplace. Basically, you can get hit by a shell anywhere, anytime. Another man was going to his aunt’s funeral at a church in Bab Touma, and now it remains unclear if he will ever be able to walk again. He heard an explosion and found himself falling down. He lost a lot of blood, and it’s a miracle that he’s still alive. The man is now waiting for an opportunity to receive an operation,” she said.

 

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