Injuries reported after rocket strikes much-awaited Damascus business fair

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"We are not isolated as they think they do", he added.

Six people were reported dead on Sunday, August 20, when a rocket hit near an global trade fair in Syria's capital Damascus being held for the first time in 5 years.

The fair, which opened earlier on Thursday this week and is scheduled to last for 10 days, had been hosted by Syria since 1954 and was among the most prestigious business events in the Arab world before the armed conflict erupted in 2011. The monitor said the number of casualties was expected to rise with some of the ten people who were injured in critical condition.

The Damascus International Fair was once the leading event on Syria's economic calendar but had not been held since shortly after the outbreak of the country's war in March 2011.

"Our army is achieving one gain after another every day to eliminate terrorists".

He said Syria is rebuilding its economy despite some Western states' support for terrorism in Syria.

"Let's be clear. There will be no security co-operation nor opening of embassies or even a role for some countries that say that they want to play a role in ending the crisis in Syria before they clearly and frankly cut their relations with terrorism".

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Russian Federation has since last month deployed military police beside army checkpoints in southwest Syria and in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus to help ensure calm in deals it has worked out with Syrian rebel groups.

At the same time, he criticized U.S. proposals for "safe zones", which U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this year hoped to develop in a joint initiative with Moscow.

Al-Assad described Turkish Recep President Recep Erdogan as a "political beggar after his support for terrorists was exposed".

Egypt, South Africa and Belarus are also taking part, and organizers say companies from Britain, France and Germany are participating, apparently in a private capacity.

"The Syrian government and moreover many Syrian civilians will not be quick to forgive Turkey for a role in the Syrian conflict viewed as destructive", al-Assad said.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Sunday his country is cooperating in establishing peace in Syria.

The shelling comes amid a ceasefire in Syria.

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