4 October 201613:15

Comment by the Information and Press Department on a mortar attack on the Russian Embassy in Damascus

1807-04-10-2016

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On October 3, the Russian Embassy in Damascus came under mortar fire. One of the mines exploded on the embassy’s premises near residential buildings. By good fortune alone, none of the embassy staff was injured, but the embassy sustained material damage. Two other mines exploded near the embassy.

According to available information, the shots appear to have been fired from the Jobar neighbourhood, which is controlled by the terrorist groups Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and Faylaq al-Rahman.

Moscow firmly condemns this terrorist crime, which has yet again endangered the lives and hindered the operation of Russian diplomats in Syria and violates the basic norms of international law.

We view the attack on the Russian Embassy in Damascus also as the result of actions by those who, like the United States and some of its allies, are provoking continued bloodshed in Syria by flirting with various militants and extremists. We are convinced that coordinated antiterrorist efforts by the international community will be the best response to such criminal provocations. For our part, we will take the necessary measures to eradicate the terrorist threat and restore peace and security in Syria.

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