Two rockets hit Russian embassy in Syria, no casualties reported

photos of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin are propped against a wall during a pro-Syrian government protest in front of the Russian Embassy in Damascus. (File photo: AP)

Two shells were fired at Russia's embassy in Damascus on Tuesday during a demonstration in support of Moscow, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to the building.

The incident came nearly two weeks after Russia, a major ally of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, launched air strikes against Syrian rebels and ISIS extremists.

One witness said both shells appeared to land in a park close to the embassy compound. A second witness said one of them landed inside the compound but did not hit the building itself.

Russia's Interfax news agency said two rockets landed in the embassy grounds. It quoted a diplomat at the embassy as saying none of the embassy employees was wounded.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the rockets were fired from the eastern edges of the capital, where rebels are entrenched.

The Russian embassy has been the target of rocket attacks before.

(With AFP)

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48
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