A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on April 5, 2014 shows smoke billowing from buildings following reported shelling by rebel fighters in the al-Itfaia neighbourhood of the capital Damascus. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA
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Mortar shells exploded near the Damascus Opera House on Sunday, killing two, state media said, as rebels intensified their shelling of the Syrian capital to relieve pressure on an opposition neighborhood that government forces have been trying to seize.On Saturday, mortar fire injured 22 people in the city.Syrian rebels often fire mortar shells into Damascus from strongholds in outlying communities, but the fire has intensified this week as pro-Assad forces advance on the rural Ghuta suburb to the capital's east, al-Shami said in a Skype interview from the area.Across the border in Jordan, officials say bloody riots erupted at the largest camp for Syrian refugees leaving at least one refugee dead by gunshot and 31 people wounded.The British-based Observatory, which obtains its news through a network of activists on the ground, estimated 23 people were killed.
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