#AceWorldNews – DAMASCUS – APRIL 06 – (ALJ) – A mortar attack on the Damascus Opera House has killed two people, as regime forces intensify their campaign against rebels on the Syrian capital’s outskirts.
“Two people were killed and five others wounded by a mortar round that hit the Damascus Opera House” near key government and military buildings on Umayyad Square, the official SANA news agency said on Sunday.
The Opera House, officially called the Assad House for Culture and Arts, is located near a cluster of government and security buildings. The building, which was inaugurated by President Bashar al-Assad in 2004, was the venue for a defiant speech he made last year vowing to continue fighting rebels seeking his overthrow.
Rebels holed up in the city’s rural periphery have focused their efforts on hitting the area, an activist who uses the name Muaz al-Shami told the Associated Press news agency.
Syrian rebels often fire mortar shells into Damascus from outlying communities, but the fire has recently intensified as pro-Assad forces advance on the rural Ghouta suburb to the capital’s east, a long-held opposition area, Shami told AP in a Skype interview from the area.
AP – Al Jazeera – Reuters – SANA