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Fresh mortar attack kills 11 near Damascus
As many as 11 people were killed and 23 others wounded when armed men fired four mortar shells into the pro-government suburb of Jaramana east of the capital Damascus on Thursday, the state-run SANA news agency reported.
Three mortar rounds landed at the entrance of Jaramana near a shopping center as the fourth one slammed the vicinity of the al- Maouneh Hospital, SANA reported, adding that the attack led to huge material losses.
Jaramana, which is largely inhabited by Christian and Druze minorities, has been targeted repeatedly during the country's long- standing crisis.
Dozens of people in the suburb died as a result of car bombs, explosive devices and mortar attacks.
The incident came hours after six people were killed in a rocket attack targeting a district in the country's northern province of Aleppo.
The escalating conflict between the rebels and government troops continues unabated admist international efforts to hold a conference addressing the Syria crisis in Geneva by mid-November.
Clashes and bouts of violence continue even as international chemical experts conduct their mission in Syria to oversee the destruction of the country's chemical arsenal.
A day earlier, the head of the Organization for the Prohibition the Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmet Uzumcu, called for a "temporary ceasefire" in Syria to permit the chemical weapons' experts to carry out their work quickly.
[Source: Xinhua, Damascus, 10Oct13]
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