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Mortar rounds hit central Damascus: SANA

Mortal shells land in front of a school in Nejma Square in Damascus, leaving casualties and material damage

AFP , Saturday 12 Oct 2013
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Two mortar rounds slammed into the central Abu Rummaneh neighbourhood of the Syrian capital Damascus Saturday, causing casualties and damage, state news agency SANA said.

"Two mortar shells fired by terrorists landed in front of the Dar Al-Salaam School in Nejma Square in Damascus," the agency said.

It reported "injuries and material damage" in the incident, but gave no further details.

State media uses the term "terrorists" to refer to opposition fighters seeking to oust the government of President Bashar Al-Assad.

Rebel forces have increasingly targeted central neighbourhoods of Damascus with mortar rounds, firing from their rear bases on the outskirts of the capital.

On Wednesday, two mortar rounds hit Syria's central bank in Damascus's Sabaa Bahrat Square, and a week earlier a mortar round hit the Iraqi consulate, killing a woman.

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