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Nov 29, 2013 10:11 AM by Associated Press

Syria TV: Mortar attack at Damascus mosque kills 4

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syria's state television reports that a mortar round has fallen in front of a historical mosque in the capital, Damascus, killing four people and wounding 26.

It was not clear when the shells fell Friday, the Muslim day of prayer when people traditionally go to mosque at noon for the weekly sermon.

The shelling near the Umayyad Mosque in the old quarter of Damascus came 10 days after a mortar shell hit its wall, causing casualties.

Dozens of shells have struck the historic city center and surrounding areas in the past two weeks, launched from rebel-held neighborhoods on the outskirts.

Mortar shells, many homemade, are known to be imprecise so it's not possible to determine whether the rebels fire them randomly or at specific targets.

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