One killed, nine injured in shelling of Russian embassy in Damascus

By REUTERS
November 28, 2013 18:37

MOSCOW - 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 on Thursday.

One mortar round landed at the embassy's premises and the other exploded close to it, the statement posted on www.mid.ru 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 Assad, has criticized 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.


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