DAMASCUS, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Armed men fired mortar shells at a church and a convent in Syria's northern province Aleppo on Saturday, causing material damages only, the state-TV said.
The TV said "armed terrorist groups" were behind the shelling, adding that no casualties had been caused at Mar-Mikhail church and al-Mauna convent, which are located in al-Azizieh area in Aleppo.
Targeting Christian communities in Syria is relatively rare despite some reports surfaced lately that some Christians in central Homs province were forced to leave their areas and had to seek sanctuary in towns dominated by Christians.
Last year, a mortar shell slammed into the wall of the Saydet Saidnaya monastery near the Syrian capital of Damascus and left only a hole.
As the 18-months-old crisis in Syria drags on, a dimension of sectarian violence emerged and added to the dim prospect of the intractable ordeal.
Syria is a multi-religion state as its population comprises a remarkable fusion of sects and beliefs.
Meanwhile, the oppositional Local Coordination Committees (LCC), an activists' network, said Saturday that the Damascus district of Tadamun is still under heavy shelling with an outage of communication. The area has become a stage of urban battles between the Syrian troops and the armed rebels.
The LCC said the shelling on the southern suburbs of Damascus is incessant and holds the administration of President Bashar al- Assad responsible for the violence.
The network also reported shelling in the central area of Rastan area and eastern area of Bukamal.
However, the activists' claim couldn't be independently checked.