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Syrian youth footballer killed in mortar attack

  • A rebel fighter fires during clashes with Syrian forces in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus April 8, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Al-Bushy

DAMASCUS: The Syrian Football Association says a national youth team player has been killed in a mortar attack in the central city of Homs.

SFA President Salah Ramadan says Tarek Ghrair, 15, died on Tuesday when a mortar exploded near his home in Ghouta, a western district of Homs where the city's main stadium is located, the SANA state news agency reports.

It was not clear if Ghrair was specifically targeted. Rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Assad from power have frequently fired mortars into Syria's cities under government control, including in the capital, Damascus.

Homs is Syria's third largest city that has seen some of the worst fighting in the three-year-old conflict.

 
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