Shelling on central Damascus square kills 1: Syria TV

At least person was killed and several more injured in shelling on the central Damascus Ummayad Square on Monday, Syrian media reported.

State television said one person had been killed and others wounded, while official news agency SANA said "initial information suggests six citizens were wounded by terrorist shelling... on Ummayad Square."

The shelling marked the second day in a row that the area has been targeted. On Sunday afternoon, a series of shells fell on the area, injuring around a dozen people and setting cars ablaze.

Ummayad Square is a central area of Damascus, close to a number of key buildings, including the state broadcasting authority, the national library and the Opera House where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad delivered a rare speech to supporters earlier this year.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog also reported that an explosion targeting the car of a local official in Damascus province had wounded him and killed one of his companions.

In Homs, the embattled Baba Amr neighbourhood saw renewed violence, with Syrian state television declaring on Monday afternoon that regime forces had "restored security and stability" to the district.

The Observatory also reported air strikes in northwest Idlib province and in eastern Deir Ezzor, where an explosion a day earlier hit the car of rebel commander Riad Asaad, leaving him with serious leg injuries.

According to a preliminary toll, at least 26 people were killed throughout the country on Monday.

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