Syrian state television says a mortar shell landed near a hospital in a government-controlled neighbourhood of the central city of Homs, killing at least five people.

State TV says the mortar round hit a car near the Al-Malek Hospital in the Akrama neighbourhood. It says 13 people were also wounded in Thursday’s attack.

Akrama is predominantly home to members of President Bashar Assad’s Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

Syria’s opposition is dominated by the country’s Sunni Muslim majority.

Both the government and the rebels frequently shell civilian areas of the opposing side, although Mr. Assad’s forces have far greater firepower at their disposal.

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