China: Mortar shell hits Chinese embassy in Syria

By REUTERS
September 30, 2013 14:27

BEIRUT - A mortar shell hit the Chinese embassy in Syria's capital Damascus on Monday, damaging the building and wounding one person, Chinese state media reported.

Insurgents fighting to topple President Bashar Assad have launched mortar and rocket attacks on the city center in recent months, including in the upscale al-Maliki neighborhood where the Chinese mission is located.

China's state news agency Xinhua said opposition forces had launched the shell, which fell into the embassy and damaged doors and windows. A Syrian employee suffered minor injuries, it said, without adding details.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement that China was "shocked by the incident and strongly condemns it"


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