Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s palace in Damascus was the target of rebel-fired mortars on Wednesday.
They missed but they did strike the nearby
residential district of Mezze 86, home to many people from Assad’s Alawite community.
State run media showed apparent footage of the carnage, reporting that three people had been killed and seven injured.
The prime minister’s offices and a nearby airfield were also hit.
The attacks came after international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi warned that the country could become the new Somalia if the civil war is not ended soon.
The African state has been without an effective government for more than two decades.
Meanwhile Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu says NATO is preparing to deploy Patriot missiles on Turkish soil, along its border with Syria.
The decision comes after several incursions into Turkish territory by both sides in the uprising.