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Syria: At least 7 killed in Homs mortar attack

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ALBERT AJI and BARBARA SURK | July 30, 2013 06:11 AM EST | AP

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DAMASCUS, Syria — A Syrian government official and opposition activists say a mortar attack has killed at least seven people in a government-held district in the embattled central city of Homs.

The official, who spoke anonymously in line with regulations, says seven died and 26 were wounded when three mortar rounds hit the neighborhood of Dablan late Monday. Many living in the district fled there to escape fighting elsewhere in the city.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 11 people, including a child, were killed in the attack. The Observatory is citing hospital sources in Homs.

The attack came hours after government forces took control of another district in the city, Khaldiyeh that has been a rebel stronghold since the start of the 2-year-old conflict.

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Barbara Surk reported from Beirut