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Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:18AM
Foreign-sponsored militants load a mortar in a suburb of Damascus. (File photo)

Foreign-sponsored militants load a mortar in a suburb of Damascus. (File photo)

Three people including a woman and a child have been wounded in Syria after foreign-backed militants fired mortar shells at civilian areas in the capital, Damascus. One mortar shell hit the Al-Hassan mosque in the Abu Rummaneh neighborhood on Monday morning, wounding one person and inflicting great damage to the minaret of the mosque, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported. Two other people, a woman and her child, were injured after the militants fired two other mortar shells near the Umayyad square in the centre of the capital. Reports say that two explosions were heard near the hotel where a team of UN inspectors are staying as they investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country. The UN inspectors, who arrived in Damascus on August 18, are set to start investigating the use of chemical weapons near Damascus. The Syrian government gave the team the green light on Sunday. The Takfiri militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claim that hundreds of people died in the chemical attack allegedly carried out by Syrian forces against militant strongholds in the suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar. However, the Syrian government categorically rejects the baseless claims. The Syrian government says the chemical attack had actually been carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the West and its regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey - are supporting the militants. YH/HSN
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