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Mortar attack on Syrian school for girls kills nine students

At least nine students have been killed and several more injured by a mortar shell that shammed into their school in north-eastern Syria, the government and an opposition monitoring group said.

Syrian television said the shell hit the Harabesh primary school for girls in a government-held part of Deir el-Zour and was fired by "terrorists" - the term the government uses for all armed groups fighting against president Bashar Assad's forces.

The city of Deir el-Zour is divided between the Islamic State group and Syrian government forces.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that nine female students were killed and around 20 injured when mortar shells fired by the IS group hit several parts of the school.

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