Artillery attacks in Syria wound Russian and foreign journalists

The incident took place near the border town of Kessab, on March 1

A group of journalists, including several Russians, came under artillery fire in the northern Syrian province of Latakia.

The incident took place near the border town of Kessab, on March 1, when the reporters were on their press tour to the residential communities that had signed the agreement on the truce, and where residents had started to come back to.

Eight shells have been fired in total. The shells have landed some 150-400 meters from the journalists, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

"The journalists have received light grazes," Konashenkov said.

He went on to clarify that the representatives from Bulgarian, Canadian and Chinese media were injured in the incident.

"The fire was conducted from the Turkish border, particularly from the area of Dama, the residential community outside of Idlib," Konashenkov said.

According to the information received from an officer of the Syrian government army, the shelling was carried out by Jabhat al-Nusra, the terrorist group outlawed in Russia, which is not affected by the ceasefire.

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