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Russian Consulate General in Aleppo comes under mortar fire — foreign ministry

April 29, 2016, 17:24 UTC+3

The Russian Foreign Ministry has blamed the Jebhat al-Nusra terrorist group and groups allied with it

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Aleppo, Syria

Aleppo, Syria


MOSCOW, April 29./TASS/. The Russian Consulate General in Aleppo came under mortar fire, nobody was killed or injured, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported Friday.

"At about 15:00 Moscow time on April 28, the building of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Aleppo came under mortar fire," a ministry commentary said.

"One shell hit the territory of the Russian diplomatic mission, and three more exploded outside the fence. Nobody was killed or injured. Data on damage to property is specified," the ministry said.

"For security considerations, the Russian Consulate General in Aleppo suspended operations in January 2013, the staff were partially evacuated, and partially moved to Damascus," the ministry said. "At the present time, the diplomatic mission is kept up by Syrian technical personnel," it said.

"According to coming reports, the Consulate General was shelled by gunmen of Jabhat al-Nusra and allied groups that have become visibly more active of late in the area of Aleppo, and was intentional," the ministry noted. -0-zhe

"We resolutely condemn this terrorist attack. We once again draw attention to attempts by terrorists and those who help and support them to shake loose the cessation of hostilities regime in Syria established in accordance with the joint statement of Russia and the United States of February 22," the ministry said.

"We believe it is extremely important to give proper rebuke to these attempts, to enhance coordinated action of Russia and the US as co-chairmen of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), directly monitoring the ceasefire," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"We once again urge all members of the ISSG to do their utmost to ensure observance of the ceasefire regime and full, including geographic, disassociation of the Syrian participants in truce from terrorists," it added.

The ceasefire regime took effect in Syria on February 27. Shortly before, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution supporting a cessation of hostilities. The document drafted by Russia and the United States was backed by all 15 Security Council member states.

The ceasefire regime does not cover the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations as well as other groups ruled terrorist by the Security Council.

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