One dead after shelling of Russian embassy

Last updated 06:14 29/11/2013

Relevant offers

Middle East

Amid Syria's civil war, a James Bond-style rescue operation US Army's Afghan hospital strike was tragic accident Saudi artist sentenced to death for atheism Russia: Turkish downing of jet 'looks like planned provocation' Surviving crew member of shot down Russian jet says no warnings from Turkey Second pilot picked by Syrian army now 'safe and sound' Turkey shoots down Russian jet on Syrian border, pilots claimed dead Australian minister urges Russia and Turkey to show restraint Payback and vested interests drove Turkey to shoot down Russian jet Teenage Austrian Islamic State recruit killed for trying to escape: reports

One Syrian was killed and nine others were injured during a mortar shelling of the Russian embassy in Damascus, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement today.

One mortar round landed at the embassy's premises and the other exploded close to it, the statement posted on said, killing and injuring local residents, including guards.

"We consider them (shellings) acts of terrorism, whose executors and those inciting and supervising them, should receive a deserved punishment," the ministry said.

Russia, a staunch supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has criticised the West for aiding rebels who have been fighting to topple him for more than two years in a war that has cost well over 100,000 lives.

Rebels have launched several mortar and rocket attacks in recent months into the centre of the Syrian capital, where many embassies and senior Syrian officials are based.

A mortar shell landed on the compound of the Russian embassy in September inflicting light injuries to two people.

The Russian mission was also damaged in February when a car bomb exploded nearby on a busy Damascus highway, killing 50 people. No one was wounded at the embassy, but that blast blew out windows in the building, Russian officials said.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content