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14 killed, scores injured in terrorist attacks on Damascus, its countryside, Aleppo, and Hama on Sunday

14 citizens were killed and scores wounded on Sunday by takfiri terrorist organizations’s mortar shell attacks against residential neighborhoods in different major cities in different provinces of the country

Damascus Countryside: 12 civilians killed

12 civilians were killed and scores others were injured in terrorist attacks with mortar shells on Damascus Central Prison in Adra and al-Wafideen Camp neighborhood.

Five shells smashed into Damascus Central Prison in Adra area, killing 10 people and injuring 50 others, according to a Police Command source.

A medical source in the Police Hospital said that the dead bodies of 10 arrived at the hospital including seven women in addition to scores of wounded civilians, among them women and children.

Later, the source added that two of the injured died of their wounds.

The prison’s director, Brigadier-general Nabil al-Ghajari said in a statement that the terrorist organizations targeted the visitors break near the prison entrance with mortars at 10 am, a fixed and known time when citizens to visit their imprisoned relatives, noting that the prison was targeted several times by terrorist organizations.

Meanwhile, three mortar shells, the source added, landed in al-Wafidin Camp neighborhood which hosts thousands of citizens displaced from the Golan.

Three people were injured in the attack on the neighborhood, which also caused massive material damage to a number of houses and shops.

A medical source at the nearby Police Hospital said 6 women were among the dead.

Four civilians were injured when mortar shells fell on Harasta Highway and al-Wafideen Camp in Damascus Countryside.

A source in Damascus Countryside Police Command said that two shells fell in Jaramana city, injuring nine persons.

Another shell fell in Harasta residential suburb, causing property losses.

Takfiri terrorists under the leadership of the so-called Jaish al-Islam, al-Islam brigade and Fajr al-Umma brigade are active in the Eastern Ghouta and regularly target nearby areas and neighborhoods with shells.

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Damascus: 2 civilians killed

Meanwhile, two civilians were killed and scores were injured in terrorist attacks with mortar and rocket shells on Damascus Sunday.

A police source told SANA reporter that 16 shells fired by terrorists fell into some neighborhoods in Damascus which resulted in killing two civilians and injuring 12 others who rushed to hospitals for treatment.

The source added that the terrorist attacks caused fire to break out in a shop in the area surrounding Bab Touma square and inflicted material damage on a number of houses and cars.

22 civilians injured in Bab Touma

In the evening, 22 civilians were injured in terrorist attacks with mortar shells on the  residential neighborhoods of Bab Touma and al-Qassa’a in Damascus on Sunday evening.

A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA that a mortar shell fired by terrorists fell  on a microbus in Bab Touma historical neighborhood in Damascus Old City, injuring 18  civilians who were rushed to al-Faransi (The French) Hospital and three of them were in critical condition.

The source added that another mortar shell fell on a house in al-Qassa’a neighborhood, injuring four civilians, three of them are from the same family, in addition to causing a huge material damage in the house.

Aleppo: 9 civilians injured

In Aleppo city, nine civilians were injured in a terrorist rocket attack on al-Mogambo neighborhood.

A source at the Aleppo Police Command told SANA that rockets fired by terrorists holed up in Bani Zeid neighborhood landed in al-Mogambo neighborhood, injuring a total of nine people; six of them near Al-Andalus Hospital and 3 near al-Mogambo roundabout.

The source added that the injured were rushed to the University Hospital for treatment, and that the attack caused damage to public and private property.

Hama: terrorists detonated an IED, 2 civilians injured

On a relevant note, a source at the Hama Police Command told SANA that terrorists detonated an IED on the road between Ethraya and al-Sabboura in al-Salamiye area in the southeast of Hama province, injuring two civilians.

The source added that the authorities also disabled two other IEDs planted by terrorists on the same road.

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Terrorist car bomb kills 13 civilians, injures 50 in Qamishli

Hasaka – 13 civilians were killed, and 50 injured in a terrorist car bomb explosion near al-Sinaa roundabout in Qamishli city, 80 km north of Hasaka.

A source at Qamishli administration headquarters told SANA that a suicide terrorist detonated a car bomb near al-Sinaa area, killing 13 civilians and injuring 50.

The car bomb was loaded with sand, the source added, stressing that the explosion also left material damage to the public properties.

A source at Qamishli National Hospital said that 50 injured civilians were admitted to the hospital.

ISIS terrorist organization attacks innocent civilians of Hasaka Province through using car and motorcar bombs, explosive devices and various kinds of shells.

Government condemns Qamishli terrorist attack: Desperate act to face army’s achievements

The Cabinet  denounced the terrorist bombing and stated that the terrorist act is a
desperate attempt to undermine the steadfastness of the Syrian people and face the victories of the Syrian Army.

Prime Minister Dr. Wael al-Halqi held terrorism-backing countries the responsibility for the crime, calling upon the international bodies to carry out their humanitarian role in pressurizing these countries to stop sponsoring and supporting terrorists.

Al-Halqi stressed that such acts will never dissuade the Syrians from confronting terrorists and eliminating them from all the Syrian soil.

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DAESH attacks Mare’a town in Aleppo province with chemical weapons

 Aleppo – Local sources from the town of Mare’a asserted that ISIS terrorists used shells containing chemical materials in their attacks on residential areas in the town on Saturday.

Activists on social media sites reported that a number of locals in Mare’a suffered from cases of asphyxiation after ISIS shelled the town with shells believed to contain toxic materials.

This isn’t the first time that ISIS employed chemical weapons, international investigators and technicians said in a report published by New York Times last Wednesday that ISIS used chemical weapons in two separate attacks on Tal Barrak and Hasaka.

A leaked CIA document published by WND.com in 2013 stated that terrorists in Syria affiliated with Al Qaeda possessed and manufactured sarin gas for the purpose of using it in attacks against civilians in Syria.

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DAESH demolishes Baalshamin Temple in Palmyra

ISIS imposes strict restrictions on locals of Palmyra since June 20th, and prevents them from leaving the city after cutting off all means of communications.

Director of the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) Maamoun Abdelkarim told SANA Sunday night that local sources told him that ISIS terrorists blew up Baalshamin Temple by a large amount of explosives they brought into the temple and detonated it.

The site dates back to the first century AD, and has survived numerous invaders and occupiers. It is seen as one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

DGAM is trying to contact locals of Palmyra to get information about the destruction of the Temple which dates back to 17 AD, Abdulkarim added, denouncing ISIS’ “systematic genocide war” and mass massacres against the locals.

“ISIS is bringing in archeological thieves to destroy antiquities by excavation of antiquities, looting and selling them”, Abdul karim said.

UNESCO:  “War Crime”

Later, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemned the demolition of Baalshamin Temple.

Head of the UNESCO Irina Bokova said in a statement on Monday that this act is a war crime and a tragic loss for both the Syrian people and for humanity as a whole, stressing that the perpetrators of this crime must be punished.

Bokova said that ISIS is murdering people and destroying sites, but it can never silence history and will eventually fail in its attempts to erase cultures from the world’s memory.

The destruction of the temple, which is considered the second most important monuments in Palmyra, raises concerns over the fate of other sites listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and comes only a few days after the murder by beheading of former Director of Archeology in Palmyra Khaled al-Assad at the hands of ISIS.

UN Secretary General condemns ISIS terrorist acts in Palmyra

For his part, The UN Secretary-General condemned the barbaric acts of terror committed by ISIS in Syria, including the systematic destruction and plunder of the country’s cultural heritage, mainly the destruction of the ancient temple of Baalshamin.

Ban Ki-Moon is also outraged by the brutal murder of Khaled al-Assad, retired chief archaeologist of Palmyra, by the ISIS on 18 August.

The Secretary-General called on the international community to unite and act swiftly to put a stop to this terrorist acts.

He reiterated that the deliberate destruction of our common cultural heritage is a war crime, AFP quoted Ki-Moon as saying in a statement.

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