The neighborhood in Damascus where the Russian Embassy is situated was under mortar fire for two hours on October 12, nobody was injured in the diplomatic mission, the Russian Foreign Ministry reports.
“Starting from 11:30 on October 12, the area where the Russian Embassy in Damascus is situated was under mortar fire coming from Jobar municipality controlled by extremists,” the embassy said.
“One of the mines exploded in direct vicinity of the outside security post of the diplomatic mission, another – not far from the entry to the consular department, two mortar shells detonated a hundred meters off the embassy fence. Another mine fell on the roof of a local school situated near the Russian diplomatic mission, but it did not go off,” the ministry said.
“As a result of the shelling, the embassy compound was covered in fragments. None of the Russian staff were injured,” the ministry said.
Moscow has strongly condemned the attack.
“We expect a due public assessment from all those who reject terrorism and in fact share the principle of immunity of diplomatic missions,” says the ministry.
“We confirm that Russia’s consistent policy of uncompromising fight against terrorists in Syria will be continued,” the ministry added.