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Militant rocket attacks leave 12 dead across Syria

24 February 2016 9:54


At least a dozen people have been killed and 19 others injured in separate rocket attacks by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants against residential areas across Syria.

A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said five children lost their lives and as many others were injured when several rockets fired by Takfiri terrorists struck the al-Zahra neighborhood of Aleppo, situated some 355 kilometers (220 miles) north of the capital, Damascus, on Tuesday, Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported.

The projectiles also caused substantial damage to public and private properties at the targeted areas.

Separately, five civilians, among them two children, were killed in a terrorist rocket attack on the al-Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo.

Elsewhere, in the city of Dayr al-Zawr, located 450 kilometers (280 miles) northeast of the capital, two civilians were killed and 14 others injured when foreign-backed terrorists fired mortar shells at two residential areas on Tuesday.

On February 3, at least 17 civilians lost their lives and 101 others were injured when several rockets fired by militants struck neighborhoods across Dara’a.

The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has claimed the lives of some 470,000 people and left 1.9 million injured, according to the Syrian Center for Policy Research.

Moreover, 6.36 million people have been displaced internally and more than four million others have fled the country since the beginning of the conflict. That accounts for 45 percent of the country’s population, which has shrunk by 21 percent.

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