Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Injuries reported after rocket strikes much-awaited Damascus business fair

Injuries reported after rocket strikes much-awaited Damascus business fair

He said Syria will look east when it comes to political, economic and cultural relations.

Social media activists and a local journalist say a shell has hit Syria's first global trade fair since the war broke out six years ago, killing and wounding several people.

The breaking news alert gave no details on the number of injured or the source of the rocket fire, and there was no immediate mention of the incident Sana.

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

Its general director, Fares al-Kartally, said the decision to hold it this year was a result of "the return of calm and stability in most regions" of Syria. The television station flashed that an explosive laden vehicle caused the blast in the Tashreen district of the city that lies in the mountainous heartland of President Bashar al Assad's minority Alawite sect. There are official delegations and about 1,300 businessmen from Arab and other countries, the Syrian prime minister told Sputnik earlier.

But in recent weeks, much of the area has been quieter after the implementation in July of a "de-escalation zone" covering parts of Eastern Ghouta.

Worldwide organisations estimate that reconstructing Syria, devastated by a six-year war that has left killed more than 320,000 people, will cost upwards of $300 billion (275 billion euros).

The fair is hosting companies from 23 countries that have maintained diplomatic relations with Damascus throughout the conflict.

Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday refused any security cooperation with Western nations or the reopening of their embassies, until they cut ties with opposition and insurgent groups.

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