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Militant mortar attacks kill 10 in Syria capital

23 August 2015 18:26


Militant mortar attacks around the Syrian capital, Damascus, have left ten people dead and 53 others wounded.

Syrian official news agency, SANA, reported on Sunday that the mortar shells targeted the Central Prison and the al-Wafedeen Camp.

The Syrian Interior Ministry and a police source said five mortar shells hit the Central Prison in Adra district, killing ten, including several prison guards, and injuring 50 people.

Three more mortar strikes carried out by the Takfiri militants hit three residential houses in the al-Wafedeen Camp in the Damascus countryside, injuring three people.

Al-Wafedeen Camp houses thousands of displaced families forced out of their homes in the Golan area after the territory was occupied by the Israeli regime forces in 1967

Six women are said to be among the fatalities.

Takfiri militant attacks on Saturday on the al-Wafedeen Camp and also in Harasta area in the Damacus countryside had left four other civilians injured.

Takfiri terrorists are spread out in Harasta, Duma regions, and the surrounding areas, carrying out mortar attacks on residential areas every now and then.

The Syrian army has been carrying out military operations against the militants holed up in the suburbs of the capital in past months, killing a huge number of foreign and foreign-backed militants.

Syrian forces have been gaining advancements against Takfiri militants in Damascus suburbs in past months. (AFP Photo)

Syria has been plagued by a foreign-backed crisis since March 2011.

The conflict has claimed more than 240,000 lives up until now, according to estimates.

More than 7.2 million Syrians have been internally displaced and more than four million others have been forced to flee to neighboring countries, including Jordan and Lebanon.

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