Free Syrian Army fighters prepare to fire a mortar round towards forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad in Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province April 5, 2014. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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Mortar rounds fired on schools in the Syrian capital on Tuesday killed a child and wounded more than 40 people, among them more children, state media said.Citing a police source, SANA said one attack hit a school in Bab Touma, killing one child and wounding 36, and a second hit a cluster of schools near a church in Al-Duwaila, injuring five people.Elsewhere, the Observatory and state media reported that nine people, including a player with Syria's youth football team, Tarek Ghrair, were killed late Monday in mortar fire on the central city of Homs.In the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, the Observatory said 20 fighters from Islamist brigades and the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front were killed in clashes with the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria.
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