The Russian embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus was targeted with two mortars shells coming from an area controlled by the militants hitting the embassy compound. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that “the source of the fire was in Jobar district, controlled by the anti-government forces.” “It was a lucky coincidence that the casualties were avoided,” the statement noted. The embassy building suffered “material damage” in the attack, with four of the Russian diplomats’ cars also being hit. Moscow stressed that the attack on the embassy in no way affected its commitment to eradicating terrorism. This is the third time in October that the Russian embassy, located in the central al-Mazra area of Damascus, is shelled from terrorist-controlled areas. Both previous attacks – on October 4 and 13 – saw the embassy building damaged, but caused no casualties.
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