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PRESS RELEASE


Al-Nusra Front and Allies Shell Russian Embassy in Damascus

Oct. 4, 2016 (EIRNS)—The Russian Foreign Ministry announced today that the Russian Embassy in Damascus was shelled yesterday from areas controlled by the al-Nusra Front and Faylaq al-Rahman militants.

The Ministry’s statement said,

"The Russian diplomatic mission came under mortar shelling on Oct. 3. One of the mines exploded on the Embassy area near its residential department. Fortunately, no one was wounded. The diplomatic mission sustained material damage. Another two mines went off next to the Embassy. We view this shelling of the Russian Embassy as a consequence of actions of those who, like the U.S. and its allies, provoke the violent conflict in Syria, flirting with militants and extremists of different sorts."

The Russian Foreign Ministry called for a coordinated international counterterrorist approach.