Clashes have resumed in eastern Damascus, the Syrian capital, since five days ago, when the al-Qaida affiliates started firing mortar shells on the government-controlled areas, prompting the Syrian army to respond with airstrikes, and possibly a ground military operation. The capital has been calm since the internationally-backed de-escalation zones’ deal went into effect in May this year. However, the renewed clashes pose new threats to the capital residents, who felt a sense of relief over the past few weeks, before the fighting resumed. On Wednesday, mortar shells struck areas in Damascus’ neighborhoods and also areas in the old city, but the losses are unknown.
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