Russian embassy in Damascus comes under fire

Russian Embassy in Damascus, Syria.

Russian Embassy in Damascus, Syria.

Valery Sharifulin / TASS
Russian diplomatic mission in Syria comes under a mortar attack on Oct. 3

The Russian embassy in Damascus came under a mortar attack on October 3, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said, adding that fortunately nobody was hurt.

"On October 3, the Russian diplomatic mission in Damascus came under a mortar attack. One of the shells crashed on the embassy’s territory near the residential compound," the Foreign Ministry said in a commentary. "By sheer coincidence none of the embassy staff was hurt. The building suffered damage. Two mines exploded near the embassy."

"According to the available information, the attack was from a suburb controlled by terrorist groups Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"Moscow strongly condemns this crime by terrorists. Once again they have posed a serious threat to the life and work of Russian diplomats in Syria. The basic norms of international law have been violated one more time," the Foreign Ministry said.

"We regard the shelling of the Russian embassy in Damascus as a consequence following actions by those who, like the United States and some of its allies, provoke continuation of the bloody conflict in Syria by flirting with militants and extremists of all sorts," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Moscow is certain that the international community should present a common anti-terrorist front in response to provocative criminal actions.

"We will be taking all necessary actions for the sake of eliminating the terrorist threat and restoring peace and security to Syrian soil," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Source: TASS

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