UN, US condemn attack on Russian Embassy in Syria

Mortar attack targets the Russian Embassy in Damascus causing serious damage

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The United Nations and United States condemned the mortar attack on the Russian Embassy in Damascus on Tuesday, no embassy personnel were injured, however serious damages were reported.

Lithuanian Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite, whose country holds the rotating UN Security council presidency this month, described the attack as an act of “terrorism.”

US condemned the attack stressing the need for a political solution to end the bloody war in Syria, US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said.

“We call for those responsible for all such acts to be held accountable and continue to stress the need for a political solution to the turmoil in Syria,” Rathke said. 

Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the embassy had come under a mortar attack at 12:25 GMT.

“A shell exploded 50 feet (15 meters) from the main gate of our diplomatic mission. Another hit the external wall and fell in an embassy office. Luckily, no embassy staff was hit,” the ministry statement read. 

The shellings are believed to have originated from the Jobar district of Damascus, which is controlled by the Syrian rebels.

TRTWorld and agencies