DAMASCUS: Two mortars exploded next to a soccer stadium in central Damascus today, 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.
Yesterday, two mortars exploded near one of President Bashar Assad’s palaces, causing material damage only.
But it was the first confirmed strike close to a presidential palace and another sign that the civil war is moving closer to the heart of Assad’s seat of power and into areas of the capital once considered safe.
Assad has tried to maintain an image as the head of a functioning state even as rebels edge closer to the heart of Damascus.