not only mortars, but gunfire, too, on Damascus

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Jobar, roughly one km east of the old city of Damascus, is one of several sites known to have been infiltrated by "rebels" and from where they fire mortars... and gunfire... on various parts of Damascus Jobar, roughly one km east of the old city of Damascus, is one of several sites known to have been infiltrated by “rebels” and from where they fire mortars… and gunfire… on various parts of Damascus. Photo from Apr 28, 2014.

This afternoon, having been walking through crowded streets on an notably warmer day, I took a breather in the shade, against the wall of the old city, between Bab Touma (Thomas Gate) and Bab Sharqi (East Gate). The grassy patch is small there, but better than nothing. Ten meters away, the sidewalk, then the busy road encircling the old city.

To the east lies Jobar, somewhere just under a kilometer away, from where “rebels” have been firing mortars in all directions, including into the old city of Damascus and other areas. But I wasn’t expecting gunfire from there to here.

Shortly after 3 pm, as I sat along that…

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