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Injuries reported after rocket strikes much-awaited Damascus business fair

March 23 2018, 01:27 | Irvin Gilbert

Injuries reported after rocket strikes much-awaited Damascus business fair

Hezbollah fighters giving a guided tour near the Lebanese Syrian border

The Damascus trade fair, which was first launched in 1954, was among the oldest and most celebrated across the Arab world, attracting Arab and global investors.

The State television had reported that "citizens have been injured by a rocket" at the entrance of the Fair, without specifying the number or raise the dead.

The fair opened on Thursday, August 17, at the capital's Exhibition City and is scheduled to last 10 days.

In a statement on Sunday, he said Egypt's participation in the event will give momentum to the Egyptian-Syrian economic ties.

"We are preparing to receive visitors when I heard an explosion (...) and then I saw smoke on the side of the entrance of the exhibition, told his side to the AFP, a witness, Iyad al-Jabiri, Syrian, 39-year-old who works in a booth of textile". It blamed the rebels in the suburbs of the capital, saying they fired the shell in violation of a truce reached earlier this month in the eastern suburbs of Damascus known as eastern Ghouta. The last edition dates back to the summer of 2011, a few months after the start of the revolt against the regime.

In recent weeks, much of the area has been quieter after the implementation in July of a "deescalation zone" covering parts of Eastern Ghouta.

Syria's war has left more than 330,000 people dead and has displaced millions more.

In a televised address, Assad said that even though there were signs of victory after six-and-a-half years of civil war, the "battle continues, and where we go later and it becomes possible to talk about victory. that's a different matter".

The fair is hosting firms from 23 countries that have maintained diplomatic relations with Damascus throughout the conflict.

In the early years of the conflict, many Western and Arab countries called on Assad to step down, and both the US and the European Union have imposed sanctions on his government.

He also said Syria welcomes Russian-brokered, regional ceasefire deals, and hopes they are extended in other places in Syria.

Three children were among the victims, said the Observatory, adding that 3 Islamic State group jihadists were also killed in the raids on Al-Jezaa in Hasakeh province.

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