Syrians look at damaged vehicles in a street that was struck by mortar shrapnel from bombardment of the area by militants the previous day in Jermana, southeast of the Syrian capital, Damascus, February 12, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Eastern Ghouta militants kill civilian in mortar attack on Damascus: TV

At least one Syrian civilian has been killed and nearly a dozen others sustained injuries in a fresh wave of attacks launched by militants holed up in the Eastern Ghouta against the capital Damascus.

According to a report by the state television on Saturday, a civilian was killed in shooting in al-Majd district in the capital’s suburbs, and four others were injured in Damascus’ Mezzeh 86 neighborhood after they came under mortar fire.

The report added that seven other civilians were also wounded after militants fired at least 54 shells at Hamsi Street in Jermana district south of Damascus.

Earlier, rocket attacks caused damage across the capital and left some casualties. The attacks come only one day after the terrorists launched scores of mortars and rockets at residential neighborhoods across Damascus.

Eastern Ghouta near Damascus has witnessed renewed violence in the past few days, where terrorists have mounted repeated mortar attacks on the Syrian capital in the face of an imminent rout. Western powers, however, blame the Syrian government and Russia for the crisis.

The Syrian capital has seen a dramatic rise in deadly attacks over the past several days. The escalating violence comes amid international efforts to end clashes between government forces and militants in Eastern Ghouta.

Two weeks ago, Sweden and Kuwait, two non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, proposed a month-long ceasefire measure in Syria to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations. The world body is yet to vote on the measure.

Russia has proposed amendments to the draft resolution to include guarantees that the anti-Damascus militants would honor the ceasefire, warning that the would-be truce should not cover the Takfiri terrorist groups of Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, as well as other militant outfits that are shelling civilians in Syria’s militant-held Eastern Ghouta.

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