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Fresh violence kills 22 in Syria

DAMASCUS, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- At least 22 people were killed on Sunday during the ongoing violence in the unrest-torn country.

The rebels in the northern province of Aleppo fired multiple mortar shells against the government-controlled districts of Salhuddien and Midan on Sunday, killing five people and injuring 30 others, according to the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV.

Also in Aleppo, three people were killed and nine others wounded when armed militants opened fire at a passenger bus on the Athraya road in Aleppo, according to the report.

In the central province of Hama, the rebels fired mortar shells against the towns of Aziziyeh and Basha, killing two people and injuring nine others, according to the state news agency SANA.

The rebels' ongoing mortar shelling also continued against the capital Damascus, killing one person in the eastern suburb of Jaramana and injuring eight others separately in different parts of the capital, mainly in Kabbas, Abbasiyeen and Zahera residential neighborhoods.

Throughout the crisis, the rebels opted to unleash mortar attacks against government-controlled areas to wobble the government's grip on power and disrupt the daily lives of people living under the government's umbrella.

On the opposition side, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a government airstrike in the rebel-held town of Subaikhan in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour killed 11 people, including women and children.

Large chunks of Deir al-Zour have fallen to the Islamic State ( IS) militants in recent months, prompting the Syrian air force to target IS positions with airstrikes.

Over 191,000 people were reportedly killed in Syria between March 2011 and the end of April 2014, according to an updated UN study released last month.

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