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3 killed, several injured in mortar attacks in Syria

31 December 2013 23:37


At least three people have been killed and several others wounded after foreign-backed militants fired mortar shells at residential areas in the countryside of the Syrian capital Damascus and the western city of Homs.

According to an unnamed source at Homs Police Command on Tuesday, several mortar shells slammed into residential areas in the city’s neighborhood of al-Mahatta, killing the three Syrians.

On the same day, mortar shells hit several residential areas in the city of Jaramana in Damascus countryside, injuring three people.

The attack also caused material damage to a number of cars and houses in the area.

Mortar attacks have killed and wounded many people with increasing frequency in recent weeks.

On Sunday, one person was killed after foreign-backed militants fired mortar shells at Damascus’s al-Abbasiyyin neighborhood.

On December 24, at least four people were killed and 20 others wounded after mortar shells hit residential areas in Damascus.

Nine members of a Syrian family were killed after mortar shells fired by the militants hit their home in Aleppo’s al-Mashareqah district on December 5.

On December 4, an unnamed source at Aleppo Police Command said several mortar shells struck residential areas in the city, including al-Fourqan, al-Meridian, al-Fayd, al-Jamiliye and Bustan Kul Abb, killing 17 people.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, Western powers and their regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – are supporting militants operating inside the country.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced so far due to the turmoil in the country.

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