Russia’s embassy in Damascus comes under mortar attack
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 5
The Russian Embassy in Damascus, Syria came under mortar attack by militants on Feb. 5, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.
"Several shells exploded near the embassy's territory," said an employee of the embassy. "The employees were not injured. The material damage inflicted to the embassy is not significant."
Earlier, the official representative of Russia's Foreign Ministry, Alexander Lukashevich said that during the shelling of Damascus, one of the shells hit the consular department of the Russian Embassy in Syria.
Dozens of rockets and mortar shells were fired on the central areas of the Syrian capital on Thursday.
The militants of the terrorist group Jaysh al-Islam claimed responsibility for the shelling of Damascus.
The Damascus police said three civilians were killed and over 30 people were injured. In a few hours, over 50 shells hit Damascus.
Some parts of the city are still being fired on.
The conflict in Syria has killed more than 200,000 people.
Militants that belong to different armed groups, and include foreign mercenaries, have confronted government forces.
The UN said over 12 million people have been affected by the conflict, nearly four million Syrians became refugees, and over seven million people became internally displaced persons.
Edited by CN