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Mortars kill 1 child, wound dozens

A child was killed and 41 other people were injured when rebels fired mortar rounds into predominantly Christian districts of the Syrian capital, Damascus, state media said today.

The official news agency said one mortar shell struck a school in the Bab Touma neighbourhood, killing one child and wounding 36 others.

It said another mortar round exploded near the Mar Elias Church in the Dweilaa area, wounding five people. The church compound also includes a school.

The state news agency blamed "terrorists" for the attacks, a term the government uses for rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Assad.

Rebels frequently launch mortar shells into government-held neighbourhoods in the heart of the capital from outlying districts that are under opposition control.

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