Syrian footballer killed, several injured in Damascus stadium attack


Damascus: At least one Syrian footballer has been killed and several others injured after mortar shells landed on a stadium in Damascus, a capital of civil-war hit Syria, state news agency said on Wednesday.

According to Sana news agency, two shells landed on Tishreen stadium in central Baramkeh district where Al-Wathba team was involved in a training session, killing a footballer and injuring several of his mates.

The attack comes a day after state media said that two mortars landed near Tishreen presidential palace in another area of Damascus without reports of injuries.

Rebels and troops have been fighting in and around Damascus for months.

On Tuesday, at least 31 people were killed in an army rocket attack in Syria’s second city, Aleppo, eyewitnesses and activists said, in one of the deadliest incident in recent days.

The UN says about 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.