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Russian embassy in Syrian capital comes under militant shelling

The Russian embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus has come under mortar shelling by “anti-government” militants, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

“On October 28, the Russian embassy in Syria was attacked with two mortars by terrorists. The shelling was conducted from the Jobar area controlled by anti-government forces,” the ministry said in a statement on Friday, adding that one of the shells exploded near the main entrance of the compound and the other went off outside the outer fence of the building.

The explosions inflicted damage on four vehicles of the diplomatic mission and its external fence, but caused no casualties, it further said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also denounced the terrorist assault, vowing to do everything to track down and punish the “organizers and executors” of the attack. It also said that Moscow would monitor the international response to this “crime.”

“Such reaction is a kind of a litmus test, indicating which of our [foreign] partners in fact reject terrorism, and who justifies terrorists’ actions… We demand the implementation of anti-terror resolutions of the UN Security Council and the cessation of arms supplies to terrorists and their financing,” it added.
The statement said in conclusion that Russia would continue its “consistent and uncompromising” fight against terrorists in Syria.

The Russian diplomatic mission in war-torn Syria has so far come under several militant attacks, including two separate mortar attacks earlier this month and two others in September and October last year. No casualties, however, were reported in either of the incidents.

Russia has been engaged in an anti-terror campaign in Syria since September 30, 2015, based on a request from the Damascus government. According to analysts, the campaign has largely been successful in helping Syrian government forces dislodge foreign-sponsored terrorists from many regions across the country.

The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria, which started in March 2011, has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 people, according to an estimate by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.


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