Damascus Hit by Several Missile Strikes Leaving One Dead, Dozens Injured

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Several districts of Damascus were hit by rocket fire on Sunday killing one person and injuring over ten people, police officer at the Damascus police headquarters told Sputnik.

“Dozens of shells fell in different districts in Damascus resulting in death and injury. According to preliminary count, one person was killed and ten people injured,” the officer said.

Among others, the area that was hit was the Baramke district where the Damascus University is located. The shells exploded not far from the Faculty of Economics. Several shells fell on the territory of the districts of Abu Rumman and al-Adawa and near the Al-Iman.

The attack according to the police spokesman was carried out by militants of Islamic State. According to him, the terrorists may have been shooting from the eastern oasis of Guta.

Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front in the southern countryside of Idlib, December 2, 2014 - Sputnik International
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Earlier, a military source told RIA Novosti that the militants of Islamic State were responsible for shelling the central prison in the north-east of Damascus, killing 11 people and wounding 56 during the attack.

Islamic State is a violent extremist group that has seized large areas in Iraq and Syria, establishing a caliphate on territories under their control.

Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting opposition and radical Islamist militant groups, including Islamic State.

Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria, the West, including the United States, have been vocally supportive of some of the rebel groups in Syria, stating that they want the government of President Assad to be changed.

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