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5 killed in rocket attack on Syria’s Damascus

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Syrian boys play on a destroyed car in the former militant-held Syrian town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 19, 2018. (AFP photo)

Syrian authorities say at least five people have been killed and 22 more have been injured when terrorists targeted residential areas in the capital Damascus.

Syria’s official SANA agency said Tuesday that terrorists targeted a popular marketplace in the Nahr Aysha district of Damascus with mortars and shell.

SANA said militants had also launched mortar attacks on two neighborhoods of Hay al-Maydan and al-Zaherah, but reiterated that those attacks only inflicted “material damage” to the property of the people and involved no casualties.

A source from Damascus Police Command blamed the terrorists holed up in areas to the south of Damascus for the attack.

Damascus residents have felt a relative ease in the intensity of terrorist attacks since the Syria military and allies managed to recapture territories in the neighboring Eastern Ghouta region last month. Those areas had been under the control of militants since 2012, a year after the devastating war started in Syria.

The victory in Ghouta further consolidated Syria’s control over areas near the capital as the military plans further operations to fully purge the militants from those territories.

The Tuesday attacks on Damascus came a day after Syrian army warplanes launched precision strikes against positions held by militants south of the city.

SANA said that the airstrikes targeted fortified hotbeds, and command and communication centers in Hajar al-Aswad district in the capital’s periphery. Intensive artillery and rocket fire was used to support the air strikes while Syrian army’s ground troops advanced from several directions, further tightening noose around the remaining terrorists in the area which is known as Western Ghouta. The territory had witnessed some massive attacks by the Syrian military on militant positions on Sunday.

Reports on Tuesday indicated that a total of 12 people had been injured in mortar attack by militants on a district in the city of Baath, which is also known as the New Quneitra, in the southwestern province of Quneitra.

The war in Syria has killed more than 400,000 people, according to the estimates approved by the United Nations, while tens of millions have been displaced as a result of the violence which Damascus blames on certain countries in the Middle East and their supporters in the West.

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