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State media, activists say mortar attack in central Syrian city has killed at least 19

This image made from activist video posted by the Shahba Press on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows rebel fighters standing next to dead bodies after they ousted Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from their headquarters in an Aleppo, Syria hospital. Activists said the people were killed by ISIL, an al-Qaida affiliate trying to build Islamic rule across Syria. Rebel-on-rebel fighting between an al-Qaida-linked group and an array of more moderate and ultraconservative Islamists has killed nearly 500 people over the past week in northern Syria, an activist group said Friday, in the most serious bout of violence among opponents of President Bashar Assad since the civil war began.(AP Photo/Shahba Press via AP video)
January 12, 2014 - 11:23 PM

BEIRUT - Syrian state media and anti-government activists say a mortar attack has killed at least 19 people in the central city of Homs.

The official SANA news agency said late on Sunday that the mortar rounds slammed into the pro-government Ghouta and Karm al-Shami neighbourhoods of Homs.

It blamed "terrorists" for the attack, employing the term the government uses to describe those trying to topple President Bashar Assad.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group also reported the mortar attack in Homs.

Syrian rebels often lob mortar rounds into pro-government neighbourhoods of cities and towns, while President Bashar Assad's forces indiscriminately strike rebel-held areas with artillery, airstrikes and surface-to-surface missiles.

Syria's civil war has killed more than 120,000 since the crisis began in March 2011.

News from © The Associated Press, 2014
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