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Mortars on Damascus (FB)
Mortars on Damascus (FB)

Syria: Mortars hit Damascus, as Fighting intensify

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Syria- Mortars were fired on the surrounding of the Opera House in Damascus and one citizen was martyred and seven were injured; Syria state news agency SANA reported Monday.

State television, by contrast, said that one person was killed. The military retaliated by shelling rebel positions from Mount Qasioun, where the presidential palace overlooks the city.

The rebellious Free Syrian Army took responsibility for the attack, saying it used rocket launchers aimed at the state broadcaster.

Press reports on Monday said that mortar shells crashed into Umayyad Square in the center of Damascus, the Syrian capital, on Monday, killing at least one person, in some of the worst shelling in the heart of the city since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began two years ago.



SANA also reported an explosion at a car parked in Palestine St. in al-Halbouni area in Damascus too.
In the same context, an official source told SANA that an explosive device were detonated and attached to a private car near al-Azbakia bus stop.

It was hard to pinpoint the source of the rebel mortar fire. Reuters reported that insurgents were firing from Kafr Souseh, where rebels have recently attacked security buildings; that area is less than a mile from Umayyad Square.
Heavy artillery strikes by the government were reported in numerous rebel-held suburban towns ringing the city, from Harasta in the northeast to Moadhamiya in the south.

Shelling in such central areas panicked residents who fear that Damascus, which has largely been spared the urban warfare that has devastated Syria’s other major cities, could be next. But so far, the government has managed to keep rebels from pushing deep into the capital.

Elsewhere, Syria`s opposition groups reported that a senior rebel leader was wounded in an explosion in the town of Mayadeen in eastern Syria where rebels have recently seized large amounts of territory from the government. The leader was Col. Riad al-Assad, one of the most prominent defectors from the Syrian military and a top figure in the Free Syrian Army, the umbrella group that has attempted to unify rebel fighters under a single command.

The conflict in Syria has killed 70,000 people and forced a million to flee the country, the United Nations says. Sustained fighting in Damascus could send thousands more into neighboring states, especially Lebanon, which already hosts 370,000 of them.

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