Syria: Mortar bomb hits Damascus cafe, several killed

Monitor says dozens were wounded in attack while witness claims at least six died in rare blast in government-held area.

    Several people have been killed when a mortar bomb hit a restaurant in the government-controlled ancient quarter of the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday, a monitor and a witness said.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens were wounded in the attack. A witness told Reuters news agency that there were at least six dead in the restaurant in the Bab Touma district of Damascus.

    Mortar attacks on government-controlled areas of Damascus from rebel-held areas just outside it are relatively rare.

    Images posted to social media, which Al Jazeera was unable to independently verify, showed pools of blood on the floor of the restaurant, which was damaged heavily by the blast.

    The attack came amid increased violence in Aleppo, Syria's largest city in the country's north.

    Syrian government air strikes there put four makeshift hospitals and a local blood bank out of action in the past 24 hours, according to local rescue workers and a monitor.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Venezuela in default: What next?

    Venezuela in default: What next?

    As the oil-rich country fails to pay its debt, we examine what happens next and what it means for its people.

    The Muslims of South Korea

    The Muslims of South Korea

    The number of Muslims in South Korea is estimated to be around 100,000, including foreigners.

    What is Mohammed bin Salman's next move?

    What is Mohammed bin Salman's next move?

    There are reports Saudi Arabia is demanding money from the senior officials it recently arrested.