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Newsline: Russia’s embassy compound in Syria hit by mortar shells

The Russian embassy in Syria has been targeted by shelling from foreign-backed militants operating in the capital Damascus. Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that two shells were fired at the diplomatic mission. One of the projectiles hit the embassy compound, while the other fell nearby. Earlier this year, the Russian embassy compound in the Syrian capital was the target of a pair of mortar shelling launched “precisely” from the terrorists-controlled Jobar area, which lies a few kilometers northeast of Damascus. The attacks had no casualties but inflicted some material damage on the building.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/07/16/528677/Russian-embassy-hit-mortar-shells-Damascus-Syria

Newsline: France says not planning to reopen embassy in Syria

France’s foreign ministry said on Monday that the reopening of its embassy in Syria was not on the table, signaling there may be no fundamental change to Paris’ approach to the Syrian conflict under new president Emmanuel Macron. Citing a political source close to Macron, pan-Arab daily newspaper al-Hayat had reported on Monday that Macron was reviewing France’s decision to close the embassy in 2012. “The reopening of our embassy in Damascus is not on the agenda,” Foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said in a daily briefing. Officials at the president’s office did not immediately respond for comment, although Macron ruled out reopening the embassy during a campaign trip to Beirut in January. Some European Union countries which withdrew their ambassadors from Syria as the conflict worsened in the country have indicated a willingness for more communication with Damascus given the ongoing fight against Islamic State militants even though France and Britain have staunchly opposed it. With the arrival of Macron, Paris’ policy on Syria has yet to be clearly defined.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-syria-idUSKBN18I1F2

Newsline: Algeria summons Moroccan ambassador in row over Syrian refugees

Algerian Foreign Ministry summoned Morocco’s ambassador here on Sunday in protest of Morocco’s accusations that Algeria expelled Syrian refugees into Morocco. “Following serious accusations by Moroccan authorities that blame Algeria for forcing Syrian refugees to illegally enter Moroccan territories from the two countries’ shared border, Algeria has expressed to the Ambassador of Morocco its categorical rejection for these false allegations,” a ministry statement said. Earlier on Sunday, Moroccan media reported that 55 Syrian refugees from Algeria were left helpless near the country’s borders with Algeria, noting that Moroccan authorities prevented them from entering the country and accused its western neighbor of forcing them into Morocco.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/24/c_136230389.htm

Newsline: US diplomat says no Syria peace with Assad

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in an interview that she sees regime change in Syria as one of the Trump administration’s priorities in the country wrecked by civil war. “Every time Assad has crossed the line of human decency, Russian Federation has stood beside him”, Haley told the council. Moscow has sought to deflect blame from its long-time ally Assad over the incident and says Syrian jets struck a rebel arms depot where “toxic substances” were being put inside bombs.

http://pppfocus.com/2017/04/15/top-us-diplomat-nikki-haley-says-no-syria-peace-with-assad/

Newsline: Venezuela Arrests Government Workers for Selling Passports to Syrian Nationals

Police in Venezuela arrested six government office workers last week in a story largely lost amid the ongoing violent police crackdown on anti-socialist dissidents. The employees stand accused of selling authentic Venezuelan government documents, like passports and birth certificates, to Syrian nationals at $5,000 each. The arrests are a tacit admission of reports dating back to 2015 that accuse Caracas of selling identification documents to Mideast nationals from its embassies in the region, including individuals believed to have ties to the Hezbollah Shiite terrorist group. CNN reports that the individuals arrested “all worked as data transcribers at the Venezuelan office that handles identification documents and passports,” the Administrative Service for Identification, Migration, and the Exterior (Saime). They stand accused of selling passports and other documents to people of “Syrian origin,” whom Venezuelan prosecutors did not identify. Those arrested face charges of “corruption, improper access or sabotage of protected systems, unauthorized issuance of identification documents and conspiracy to commit a crime.” The Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional identifies those arrested as Jethaimet Wiher Blanco, 31; Isamar Gutiérrez Campos, 26; Chery Del Carmen Perdomo, 36; Lilian Irene Castillo, 41; Mariannys Peña Rivera, 27; and Yamilet Galvis Chacón, 45.

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/04/10/venezuela-arrests-government-workers-for-selling-passports-syrian-nationals/

Newsline: US Ambassador to UN says United States prepared to do more in Syria

The United States warned on Friday it is ready to hit Syria again after a missile strike that infuriated Moscow and fueled calls for a push to end the six-year war. US Ambassador Nikki Haley delivered the warning at an emergency session of the UN Security Council called after the US strikes, which were launched to punish an alleged chemical weapons attack by Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Assad’s ally Russia, meanwhile, declared President Donald Trump’s first strike against the Damascus regime a violation of international law and an “act of aggression.” “The United States took a very measured step last night,” Haley told the council. “We are prepared to do more, but we hope it will not be necessary.” Rights monitors warned, however, that Syrian jets were already flying sorties from the base again as night fell Friday.

http://www.timesnow.tv/international/article/united-states-prepared-to-do-more-in-syria-says-us-ambassador-to-un/58951

Newsline: Russian embassy says no information on Russian casualties in Syria

Russia’s embassy in Damascus said on Friday it has no information yet on whether Russian citizens were hurt as a result of U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian airbase, the RIA news agency reported. The embassy was looking into the issue, the agency added. The United States fired dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase on Friday from which it said a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched this week.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-airbase-idUSKBN1790S0