Reports say shell hits Syrian fair

В Сирии произошел смертоносный взрыв

This year's fair opened on Thursday, and was scheduled to last 10 days.

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.

Shortly after he gave his speech, a shell hit the first global fair in the country since the war began six years ago, killing and wounding several people.

Triggered by the repression of peaceful protests, the conflict in Syria has become more complicated over the years with the involvement of foreign countries and of groups jihadists, on a territory fragmented.

Several people have reportedly been injured by rocket fire that targeted the entrance to the Damascus International Fair venue, where a high-profile business gathering is now underway.

"Their direct support - politically, economically and militarily - has made possible bigger advances on the battlefield and reduced the losses and burdens of war", Assad added.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of the war, said 6 people, including two women, were killed and around a dozen wounded in the rocket fire near the entrance to the fair.

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Since then, the country has spiraled into a bloody civil war that has killed more than 330,000 people, displaced millions, and devastated the economy.

The France has from the beginning been one of the supports, the strongest of the syrian opposition and has always called for the departure of Mr. Assad, considered the main responsible for the conflict.

The United States and European countries which imposed sanctions on Assad's regime were not officially invited to participate in the fair, which was first held in 1954.

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

Several Arab and Western countries also withdrew their diplomats from Damascus.

Assad said that hardly a week passes without an attack in the West, referring to assaults carried out by IS supporters.

The government in Damascus touts the reopening of the gathering after a six-year delay as a sign of life getting back to normal in Syria.