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Syria news agency reports rebel mortar attacks in Damascus kill 5

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In this picture released by the Syrian National Coalition Media Office, Ahmad al-Jarba, center, the head of the delegation of the Syrian National Coalition, who wears a camouflage jacket during his rare visit to the front lines where the rebels fighting against the Syrian government troops, in the coastal province of Latakia, Syria, Tuesday April 1, 2014. Al-Jarba visited Kassab during his trip to the Latakia’s front lines, the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition said in a statement. (AP Photo / The Syrian National Coalition Media Office)The Associated Press

Syria's state run news agency says indiscriminate mortar attacks by rebels have killed five civilians and wounded dozens in the capital, Damascus.

The Syrian Red Crescent Society also said its first aid teams were on high alert Wednesday after a barrage of mortar shells struck Damascus and nearby suburbs. It said more than 50 injured were transferred to hospital.

Rebels frequently target Damascus, seat of President Bashar Assad's power, with mortar shells. But Wednesday's barrage appears to be one of the heaviest in weeks.

SANA said the deaths included a man who was killed when two mortar shells slammed into the Faihaa Sports City in Damascus, and another who died when mortar shells hit the predominantly Alawite Mazzeh 86 district of the capital.