Injuries reported after rocket strikes much-awaited Damascus business fair

Participants and visitors walk past flags of various countries during the opening of the Damascus International Fair late on August 17

On Sunday, president Assad said that the countries wishing to reopen their embassy, are required to sever all connection with the rebels.

The fair is hosting companies from 23 countries that have maintained diplomatic relations with Damascus throughout the conflict. "Therefore, they are our partners in these achievements on the road to crush terrorism", Assad said.

Rocket fire injured several people Sunday near the entrance to the Damascus International Fair, a key business gathering being held for the first time in five years, Syrian television said.

The fair opened on Thursday at the capital's Exhibition City and is scheduled to last 10 days.

It also cited casualties but gave no details.

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

Fighters in the area have regularly fired rockets into the capital, and government warplanes have frequently carried out devastating raids across Eastern Ghouta.

Global 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 United States and most European countries shut their embassies in Damascus after the government's bloody crackdown on protests that erupted in March 2011. According to them, several wounded people are in critical condition.

The de-escalation zones in central, northern and southern Syria were proposed in a plan approved in May by Russia, Turkey and Iran in the Kazakh capital, Astana.

Despite that deal, Assad said Syrians don't trust Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and that the Syrian leader does not consider him to be a guarantor.

The government aimed to send a message that the country's economy is being revived with the victory of the Syrian army on ground. Those troops, and allied Syrian forces, now control a stretch of Syrian territory along the border.

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