Syrian army shells mosque, killing 7: activists

AMMAN Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:34pm EDT

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AMMAN (Reuters) - At least seven civilians were killed on Thursday when the Syrian army shelled a mosque packed with worshippers in the city of Deir al-Zor, scene of heavy fighting between troops and rebels, activists said.

"Shells hit the Fardos mosque in al-Jubeileh neighborhood at evening prayers, the last before Ramadan. The mosque was packed. Around 20 people were pulled from the rubble with missing limbs and bad wounds. The number of dead will likely rise," Abu al-Tayeb al-Deiri, one of the activists, told Reuters from the desert city 430 km (270 miles) northeast of Damascus.

Syrian authorities have banned most independent media from the country, making independent verification of events on the ground difficult.

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Amman newsroom; editing by Andrew Roche)

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vangrungy wrote:
Can the Syrian Army come to America and shell the mosques we have here?

Jul 19, 2012 10:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jen06 wrote:
Shelled a mosque?? Hope no korans were harmed….

Jul 20, 2012 3:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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