Damascus: Mid-day news update 5-22-13


May 22, 2013

EyewitnessThe mid-day news update is provided by Shahed News, a network of vetted Syrian citizen journalists providing independent, accurate and reliable news from Damascus and its suburbs.

Damascus:

* Renewed mortar and artillery bombardment on the downtown area in Barzeh. The industrial area in Qaboon was bombed with mortars as well.

* Heavy shooting from al-Wihdat checkpoint near the Police Academy. The firing results in shattered windows in some cars and houses. No casualties have been reported.

Outer Damascus:

* A large blast occurs this morning on Harasta highway. Smoke was seen above the highway.

* Car bomb explodes in the town of Spayneh, results in the collapse of an entire building and parts of 2 other buildings. Several people have been killed or injured.

* Heavy artillery and mortar bombardment on the town of Shabaa in Eastern Ghouta, as the FSA resists regime attempts to invade the town.

* Heavy rocket and artillery bombardment on the towns and cities of Ayen Tarma, Irbin, Harasta, Zamalka, Darayya, Moadamiyah and Sahbaa.

* Bombardment on the eastern mountain of the Deir Atieh city, and Madaya.

* Fierce clashes occur near the cities of Darayya and Moadamiyah, the town of Shabaa and the Southern Highway near Zamalka, Irbin and Ayen Tarma. 

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