UN Security Council condemns attack on Russian embassy in Damascus
The UN Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the shelling of the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus, Sputnik International reported.
On Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the embassy had sustained material damage after being struck with two mortar shells directed from rebel-controlled district of Jobar.
“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms another mortar shelling on 28 October of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic), which caused significant material damage,” the council statement read.
The members of the council reminded of the “fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises” and of obligations of the state governments “to take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage, and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of these missions or impairment of their dignity, and to prevent any attack on diplomatic premises, agents and consular officers.”
The Russian embassy in Damascus has been shelled numerous times, most recently on October 3. No staff were hurt in the attack according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.