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Newsline: UN Chief Slams Attack on Russian Embassy in Syria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the shelling of the Russian Embassy in Syria, saying that “violations and attacks against diplomatic or consular mission premises are clearly prohibited under international law.” The secretary-general maintained that “diplomatic facilities must enjoy protection even in times of conflict,” said UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric at a daily news briefing on Wednesday, Xinhua reported. Three diplomats were injured in a mortar shell targeting the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus Sunday. In the mortar attack, one shell was fired by militants in the hotspot district of Brazeh onto the Russian embassy compound. An investigation is underway and additional steps are being taken with the help of the Syrian side to tighten security of the Russian diplomatic mission, reports said. The Russian Embassy has been hit several times before by the opposition militants.



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