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Newsline: Russian Embassy in Damascus Shelled From Rebel-Held Areas

Mortar fire struck the area surrounding the embassy on Wednesday, October 12, without hurting any of the diplomatic staff, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “We strongly condemn the latest terrorist attack on the Russian diplomatic mission,” it stressed. The ministry specified that one shell detonated near the embassy’s checkpoint and another near the entrance to the consular section in the course of two-hour mortar fire from the rebel-held district of Jobar. “As a result of the shelling, the territory of the embassy complex was showered with shrapnel. None of the Russian staff was hurt. Material damage is being evaluated,” the ministry said.



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