Middle East

Syria: Mortar shells hit northern city, killing 14

Free Syrian Army fighters launch a locally made weapon towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad on the Hamidieh front in southern Idlib countryside June 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi)

DAMASCUS, Syria: Syrian state media says that a barrage of mortar shells has hit government-held areas of the northern city of Idlib, killing 14 people.

The state-run SANA news agency said that mortars shells fell on several parts of Idlib Monday, including a residential area and a market. State TV said that at least 50 people were wounded in the attacks.

The provincial capital has been under the control of President Bashar Assad's troops since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in March 2011.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.

State TV said that terrorists were responsible, a term the Syrian government uses for rebels trying to overthrow Assad's government.





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