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Lavrov says Russian embassy in Damascus again shelled Nov 23

November 27, 2015, 15:59 UTC+3

The need to ensure security of Russia’s Embassy in Damascus and Russian citizens in Syria persists, the Russian Foreign Minister says

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MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. Russia’s Embassy in Damascus was again shelled on November 23 and a mortar shell landed on its territory, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said opening talks with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem in Moscow on Friday.

"Thank you for your efforts to ensure the safety of our diplomatic mission in Damascus and our citizens in Syria as a whole," he said. "On November 23 a mortar shell fell on the embassy’s territory again."

Lavrov said in this connection that the need to ensure security of Russia’s Embassy in Damascus and Russian citizens in Syria persisted.

This is the third case of the shelling of the Russian diplomatic mission this autumn. On September 20, a mortar shell fell on the territory of the embassy without hurting anyone. The Russian Foreign Ministry said at that time that the artillery fire emanated "from Jobar district where anti-government militants had entrenched themselves."

On October 13, the embassy was subjected to shelling as well. A direct hit of two mortar bombs damaged the Russian diplomatic mission’s apartment building, there were no casualties. Lavrov described these attacks as acts of terror designed to "destroy proponents of the fight against terrorism and prevent them from getting the upper hand in the fight against extremists."

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