Mortars land near Syrian presidential palace

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DAMASCUS, Syria — Two mortars exploded near one of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s palaces in Damascus today but caused only material damage, Syria’s state news service said.

The attack was the first confirmed strike close to a presidential palace and another sign that the civil war is creeping into areas once considered safe and reaching closer to the heart of Assad’s seat of power in the capital.

No casualties were reported and it was unclear whether Assad was in the palace. He has two others in the city.

Assad often uses the Tishrin palace to receive dignitaries and as a guest house for foreign officials during their visits to Syria.

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