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Moscow investigating whether mortar attacks in Syria targeted against Russians - FM.

June 05, 2013, 12:33 UTC+3
Moreover, on June 3 mortar attacks hit the area of Western Villas, where the residence of the Russian ambassador is located
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MOSCOW, June 5 (Itar-Tass) - Moscow is investigating whether mortar attacks in Damascus near the Russian Embassy are deliberate actions of militants against Russian citizens, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday mortar shells hit the Al-Adawi area in Damascus, where the Russian Embassy in Syria is located.

“There were a total of five mortar shells. As a result, a passerby was killed and a Syrian serviceman from the embassy guard was wounded. There are no victims among Russians. The embassy operates normally,” he said.

Moreover, on June 3 mortar attacks hit the area of Western Villas, where the residence of the Russian ambassador is located. Several local residents were wounded.

“At present, we are investigating whether mortar attacks are deliberate actions of militants against Russian citizens and its interests in Syria, especially taking into account the address by Selim Idris, the head of the opposition’s so-called Supreme Military Council, published on Tuesday, which attacks Russia and threatens to make Syria’s conflict into transborder one,” Lukashevich said.

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