Tuesday 24 October 2017

At least 19 people killed in mortar attack in Syria

Damaged buildings are pictured in the besieged area of Homs yesterday. Photo: REUTERS/Thaer Al Khalidiya
Damaged buildings are pictured in the besieged area of Homs yesterday. Photo: REUTERS/Thaer Al Khalidiya
Damaged buildings in Homs, in the area where the latest attack took place. Photo: REUTERS/Thaer Al Khalidiya

At least 19 people have been killed in a mortar attack in the central Syrian city of Homs, state media and anti-government activists said.

The official Sana news agency said the rounds slammed into the pro-government Ghouta and Karm al-Shami districts of Homs.

It blamed "terrorists" for the attack, employing the term the government uses to describe those trying to topple President Bashar Assad.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group also reported the mortar attack.

Syrian rebels often fire mortar rounds into pro-government areas of cities and towns, while Assad's forces indiscriminately strike rebel-held areas with artillery, air strikes and surface-to-surface missiles.

Syria's civil war has killed more than 120,000 since the crisis began in March 2011.

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