Mortar Rounds Hit Stadium, Killing Soccer Player

DAMASCUS, Syria (February 20, 2013)--Two mortar rounds exploded inside a soccer stadium in central Damascus, killing one player and injuring several, Syria’s state run SANA agency reported.

SANA reported the rounds landed Wednesday in the Tishrin Stadium in the central Baramkeh district during soccer practice.

It says one player from the Homs-based al-Wathbah club was killed.

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

The mortar attack was the second in two days in the capital.

On Tuesday, two mortars exploded near one of President Bashar Assad's palaces, causing material damage only.

The attack was the first confirmed strike close to a presidential palace and another sign that the civil war is seeping into areas of the capital once considered safe.

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