Terrorist shelling kills 7 civilians in Damascus district
At least seven civilians have been killed and 13 others wounded in militant shelling on a neighborhood of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
A source at Damascus Police Command told Syria’s official SANA news agency that the casualties came on Thursday when militants fired rockets at the Damascus district of Esh al-Warwar district.
Earlier on Thursday, the armed groups in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta region near the capital fired 17 rocket shells on the Harasta residential suburb, causing damage to civilian properties.
The Syrian army forces launched a retaliatory attack and destroyed the militants’ rocket launchers.
At least nine Syrian civilians have been killed and 21 others injured in a militant mortar attack against an area in the capital Damascus.
Damascus has seen a spike in terrorist attacks in recent weeks from nearby regions held by anti-Damascus elements. The increased attacks come as government forces have intensified their campaign to regain control of those areas.
On January 22, nine people lost their lives and 21 others were injured when mortar shells fired by militants positioned in the Eastern Ghouta region struck the Damascus’ predominantly Christian neighborhood of Bab Touma.
Four hurt in Syria retaliatory attack
Separately on Thursday, four Turkish people sustained injuries in rocket attacks apparently launched by Kurdish militants in Syria in retaliation for Turkey’s recent military campaign on the Arab country.
Mehmet Tekinarslan, the governor of Turkey’s southern Kilis Province, said two rockets hit a restaurant and a house in the center of Kilis.
Turkish security forces cordoned off the area and ambulances arrived on the scene to evacuate those wounded in the incident.
Turkey launched the so-called Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern city of Afrin on January 20 in a bid to eliminate the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara views as a terror organization and the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK).