Shells fired at Russian Embassy in Damascus

Two shells were fired at Russian Embassy in Syrian capital Damascus, no casualties were reported

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov addresses the media during the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York, October 1, 2015.

Updated Oct 14, 2015

Two shells were reportedly fired at Russia's embassy in Damascus, Syria’s capital on Tuesday. The attack came during a demonstration in support of the Russian intervention in Syria, and there was no immediate report of casualties or damage to the building itself or the demonstrators.

Russia started its air strikes in Syria on September 30, with initial aim of battling ISIS militancy, however, in time the Russian intentions in Syria appeared to be to only protect the Bashar al Assad regime and withering authorities.

Both shells landed in a park nearby the embassy, witnesses said, however another witness said one shell fell inside the embassy’s compound but caused no damage to the building itself.

On the other hand, Russia's Interfax news agency claims both rockets landed inside the embassy grounds. The Russian news agency also quoted a diplomat at the embassy who claims one of the building employees was wounded.

Following the attack, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on the incident, saying that his country is considering the shelling as a terrorist act, RIA news agency reported on Tuesday.

"This is an obvious act of terrorism, probably aimed at intimidating supporters of the fight against terrorism," Lavrov was quoted as saying ahead of talks with the United Nations' special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on Tuesday, .

Lavrov also expressed support for UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura’s efforts to ensure a political settlement to the Syria crisis was met.

De Mistura told a news conference on Tuesday that he would hold talks in Russia and then in Washington. De Mistura said the escalating violence made it more urgent to hold dialogue between Syrian government and opposition groups.

He also hopes to reach an understanding between the US and Russia, in talks in both capitals, one or more "contact groups" will be formed of interested countries supporting the talks.

However Syrian National Coalition said any talks proposed by de Mistura would automatically be boycotted.

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