Albert Aji
Associated Press
November 29, 2013

A mortar round struck the front of a historical mosque in Syria’s capital Friday, killing four people and wounding 26 in the latest such attack on the city, state media reported.

It was not clear when the shell fell Friday, the Muslim day of prayer when people traditionally go to mosque at noon for the weekly sermon. Syrian state news agency SANA said the shell fell in front of the western entrance of the mosque. It said most of the casualties were women and children.

The shelling near the Umayyad Mosque in the old quarter of Damascus came 10 days after a mortar shell hit its wall, causing some damage but no casualties.

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