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MOSCOW, November 28, 21:06 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian officials consider the mortar shelling of the Russian embassy in Damascus as a terrorist act, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.
“About 17:00 hours Moscow Standard Time /13:00 hours GMT/ November 28, mortar shells were fired from the positions of the anti-government forces at the area in Damascus where the Russian embassy is located, with one of the shells exploding right on its territory and other one, in the immediate vicinity /of the ambassadorial compound - Itar-Tass/,” the ministry said.
“While no one among the Russian citizens was injured, a Syrian citizen died and nine more people, including the Syrian guards guarding the embassy received injuries,” the report said. “Small damage was done to the building of the diplomatic mission.”
“Moscow condemns the steeply increasing instance of mortar shelling of downtown Damascus, including the territory of the Russian embassy, by militants and expresses indignation over such actions,” the ministry said.
“We consider them to be acts of terrorism, the operators and perpetrators of which should face the full brunt of responsibility for what they have done,” the report said.