November 29, 2013 1:36 PM

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DAMASCUS: At least four people were killed and 26 wounded on Friday by mortar fire near the famed Ummayad mosque in Syria's capital Damascus, state television reported.

"Mortars fired by terrorists in front of the Ummayad mosque have killed four people and injured 26," state television said in a breaking news alert.

Rebels arrayed on the outskirts of the capital regularly fire mortar rounds into the centre of the city.

Such attacks have killed and wounded people with increasing frequency in recent weeks.

On Thursday, one Syrian was killed and nine others wounded when mortar fire hit the Russian embassy, according to the Russian foreign ministry.

The Russian compound has been targeted several times in recent months by rebels angered by Moscow's continued backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

More than 120,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in March 2011, and millions of Syrians have been displaced from their homes.


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