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Russia Says Damascus Embassy Targeted In Mortar Attack

The Russian Embassy in Damascus (file photo)

The Russian Embassy in Damascus (file photo)

Russia says a mortar attack has targeted its embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus, in the second such attack this month.

The Foreign Ministry said on October 13 that one mortar shell exploded close to the guard post in front of the embassy, while another detonated near the entrance to the consular office.

The shells were fired from a district controlled by rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, a statement said, adding that none of embassy staff were hurt.

Condemning what it called "a terrorist attack," the ministry reaffirmed Russia's policy of "uncompromising fighting against terrorists in Syria."

Moscow, a key Assad ally, earlier reported that its embassy compound in Damascus had come under shelling from rebels on October 3.

No one was reported harmed in the mortar fire.

Based on reporting by Reuters, TASS, and Interfax