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Thursday 28 August 2014

Twelve killed in mortar attack on Syrian capital

Published 29/04/2014 | 09:43

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Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad celebrate after he formally submitted his nomination to seek re-election in June, in Damascus yesterday
Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad celebrate after he formally submitted his nomination to seek re-election in June, in Damascus yesterday

TWO mortar shells struck central Damascus this morning, killing 12 people and wounding 50.

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The attack in the mainly Shi'ite district of Shaghour came a day after President Bashar al-Assad nominated himself to stand for re-election, in defiance of calls for him to step aside and allow a political solution to Syria's civil war.

Assad's forces have pushed back the mainly Sunni Muslim rebels from many of their strongholds around the capital, but residents say they have stepped up rocket and mortar attacks against the heart of the city in recent weeks.

Reuters

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