Tuesday, October 4 2016 15:35 EEST
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MFA of Russia: Russian embassy in Damascus was shelled by Syrian rebels
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Russian Foreign Ministry claims that today, on 4th October, the building of the Russian embassy in Damascus undergone shelling from a nearby territory controlled by militant groups, opposing Assad`s regime. Reportedly al-Nusra Front and Faylaq al-Rahman groups are those militants responsible for the attack. Russian embassy in Damascus is situated near Government building. Thus, it is impossible to ascertain what was the real object of the strike.

The Embassy's building got partial destructions due to the attack. Dimplomacy personnel have not been wounded and now in safe. Information about casualties among citizens is not stated.

"The Russian diplomatic mission came under mortar shelling on October 3. One of the mines exploded on the embassy area near its residential department. Fortunately, no one was wounded. The diplomatic mission sustained material damage."

Two other mortar shells went off near the embassy building.

Moscow said the shelling is “result of the actions of those who, like the US and some of its allies, provoke the continued bloodshed in Syria and flirt with militants and extremists of all flavors”, vowing to take "all necessary measures" to restore peace and security to Syria.

Tensions between Russia and the US have escalated recently, both accusing each other of thwarting the ceasefire. Both parties undertook various attempts to normalize the situation by means of getting back to the basic principles of Russian-U.S. agreements on the Syria crisis settlement and further discussion of possibilities to gaina steady truce in Syria.

Early Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the phone call with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry underlined that the Jebhat al-Nusra’s field commanders had confirmed the receipt of weapons from the United States. Lavrov noted that numerous media revelations showed Jebhat al-Nusra’s terrorists got military support, American weapons was among it.

"Lavrov called Kerry’s attention to the media revelations of Jebhat al-Nusra’s field commanders about external support, including the receipt of U.S. weapons, as well as the remarks of Syrian opposition leader Riyad Hijab, the head of the West-backed group of Syrian opposition figureheads, who reside abroad, that the above-mentioned organization was not terrorist," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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