Multiple mortar attacks leave injuries in Syria's Damascus

Multiple mortar attacks leave injuries in Syria
# 11 March 2013 22:44 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Multiple mortar shells slammed a time-honored area and the Tishreen Stadium in Syria's capital of Damascus on Monday, leaving a number of injuries among people and athletes alike, local media reported, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The first two mortars landed at the Bab Sharqi area in the old quarter of Damascus, local TVs said, adding that many people were injured and material losses were caused.

Another mortar landed at the Tihsreen Stadium at the Bramkeh district in central Damascus, the state-media said, adding that two referees, a reporter and a civilian employee, were injured.

The same stadium was hit last month with a mortar shell that killed a 19-year-old football player.

The mortar attacks have become daily routine as a result of the military showdown in the suburbs of Damascus between the rebels and government troops. Bab Sharqi area is close to Jobar suburb, a main stronghold of the armed rebels, while al-Baramkeh is adjacent to the hotspot district of Kafar Souseh.

Meanwhile, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition watchdog, also reported the shells' falling on the al-Arman street in Bab Sharqi, adding that several civilians were injured and some are in critical condition.

A rocket also fell on the Dahiet al-Assad suburb of Damascus, the Observatory said, adding that "the attacks are justified since civilians in the area are labeled pro-regime."

In the hotspot suburb of Muadamieh, the Observatory said that one rebel was killed during clashes in the area, adding that bombardment by government troops renewed on the adjacent suburb of Darayya in eastern Damascus.

The Observatory also reported bombardment on other rebel strongholds in the countryside of Damascus, namely Zamalka, Douma, Buweida, al-Qeisa and Harasta among others.

Also in Damascus, government forces went on a series of raids in the Bustan al-Dour neighborhood, the Observatory said, noting that several residents were detained in the process.

Shells have also fallen on the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk southwest of Damascus, the UK-based group said, adding that one young man was killed and several other civilians were injured as a result.

In the northeastern province of al-Raqqa, an explosion rocked the city of al-Tabqa, said the Observatory, stopping short of reporting details about the nature of the blast or casualties.

It said the air force continued on Monday to pound the al-Qaida- linked al-Nusra Front in the city of al-Raqqa, the provincial capital of the province.

The Nusra fighters stormed the city last week and the army pledged to dislodge them.

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