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Mortars hit Damascus stadium, kill soccer player

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 20, 2013 at 8:11 a.m.

— Two mortars exploded next to a soccer stadium in central Damascus on Wednesday, killing one player and injuring several, Syria’s state-run news agency said.

The mortar attack was the second in as many days in the capital. On Tuesday, two mortars exploded near one of President Bashar Assad’s palaces, causing material damage only.

The SANA state news agency said the mortars landed Wednesday in a complex housing the Tishrin Stadium and a hotel next to it in the central Baramkeh district. Some players were practicing in the stadium at the time.

It said the player killed was from the Homs-based al-Wathbah club. He was wounded inside the hotel as some players were getting ready to go out and join the practice and died later at the hospital.

The Britain-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported one player was killed.

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