Militants shell Syria’s Damascus district near Russian embassy

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Militants fired mortar shells at the district of Damascus, Syria where the Russian embassy is located, RIA Novosti reports.

“According to the information we have available now, there were no casualties among the embassy staff,” the publicity officer told RIA Novosti over the phone. Russian Foreign Ministry reported that the embassy building itself and the fence surrounding the complex sustained no damage during the shelling.

One of the local eyewitnesses told RIA Novosti over the phone that five shells landed in Mazraa district, and “one of them exploded only a few dozen meters away from the fence surrounding the Russian embassy.”

Syrian state media agency SANA reports that at least one person was killed and four were wounded when a mortar shell detonated near the Al-Iman mosque in the Mazraa district.

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