Daesh shells Syrian capital killing 2

Strike coincides with a government offensive aimed at ousting the militant group from the southern edges of Damascus

Beirut: Daesh militants fired three mortar shells on the center of Damascus on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding 14, Syria’s state news agency said.

SANA said the attack struck a tall building known as the Damascus Tower and the nearby Maysat Square in the capital.

State TV showed a charred minibus as well as damaged cars.

The shells were apparently fired by Daesh militants in the southern part of the city, where the extremists have been battling government forces for more than two weeks.

Syrian troops are advancing in the southern neighborhood of Hajar Al Aswad and the nearby Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk.

Last week, government forces were able to separate Daesh fighters in Hajar Al Aswad from those in Yarmouk, a built-up residential area once home to tens of thousands of Syrians and Palestinians.

The capture of Yarmouk, Hajar Al Aswad and other areas would bring all of Damascus under government control.

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