Russia has said that a shell landed on the grounds of its embassy compound in Damascus, without inflicting any casualties. The mortar landed on the embassy’s territory around 9am on Sunday morning and caused no damage or injuries, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday. “A large labelled fragment of the shell was later extracted from the earth by Syrian mine clearance specialists,” the ministry’s statement added. “Efforts are now being taken to find out how this shell came across to militants.” The ministry blamed the “criminal attack” on “anti-government gunmen” who it claims fired the shell from Jobar, a district of the Syrian capital. The Russian foreign ministry’s statement claimed the groups behind the attack were acting at the behest of “foreign sponsors”, although it did not clarify which countries. No groups have claimed credit for the shelling at this time.
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Newsline: Russia decries shelling of its embassy in Syria