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Mortar attack on posh area in Syria's capital Damascus kills 1 child, 4 people wounded

  • FILE - This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Islamic State militants have blown up one of the most important temples in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, accelerating their relentless campaign of destruction against the historical treasures that have fallen under their control, activists and monitors said on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (SANA via AP, File)

    FILE - This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Islamic State militants have blown up one of the most important temples in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, accelerating their relentless campaign of destruction against the historical treasures that have fallen under their control, activists and monitors said on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (SANA via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • File-This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Islamic State militants have blown up one of the most important temples in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, accelerating their relentless campaign of destruction against the historical treasures that have fallen under their control, activists and monitors said on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (SANA via AP, File)

    File-This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Islamic State militants have blown up one of the most important temples in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, accelerating their relentless campaign of destruction against the historical treasures that have fallen under their control, activists and monitors said on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (SANA via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Syria's official news agency says a mortar round has hit an upscale central Damascus neighborhood, killing a child and wounding four people.

It is not uncommon for Damascus to be shelled. Sunday's attack targeted the posh neighborhood of Abu Rummaneh, which houses hotels and several embassies. The agency, quoting a police official, said a girl was killed in the attack.

An Associated Press reporter on the scene saw two people wounded by shrapnel. Vehicles in the area were also damaged.

Armed Islamic factions fighting forces loyal to President Bashar Assad control parts of the Syrian capital and large parts of the city's suburbs.