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Militants continue mortar attacks on Damascus

October 29, 2013, 15:36 UTC+3

Over two dozen injured in Damascus and its suburbs, two children killed

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AP Photo/ Narciso Contreras

AP Photo/ Narciso Contreras

BEIRUT, October 29 (Itar-Tass) - Nine civilians were injured in mortar attacks, which were launched on the Syrian capital on Monday. According to the SANA news agency, shells exploded in the Qasaa district and in the Christian suburb of Jaramana.

Another six people, including four children, were injured on the outskirts of Damascus - in Kashkul. Mortar shells that exploded on the outskirts of Harasta caused only material damage, there were no casualties there.

A mortar attack in Adra killed two children, and another 15 people were taken to hospital with injuries.

In the north-eastern Syria, gunmen acting in Tal Abyad on the border with Turkey, set an Armenian church on fire. The fire damaged the interior of the church, and there were no reports about casualties.

A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in the neighbouring Al-Hasakah governorate in the city of Qamishli on Monday. Kurdish sources reported there were killed and injured. There were no details.

There have been reports from Aleppo about a successful operation against armed extremists of the Jabhat Al-Nusra and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant groups. Syrian soldiers lured the enemy into an ambush in the vicinity of the northern capital, killing 22 militants.

Another 14 rebels have been liquidated in Deir ez-Zor. Fierce fighting continues in this provincial centre on the Euphrates River.

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