Syria says shells hit Russian embassy compound

Syrian rebels attack Russian embassy in Damascus

Russian Embassy in Syria hit by a shell

Syrian rebels on Sunday launched a mortar attack against the Russian embassy in the capital Damascus, causing material damage, local sources reported.

Syrian rebels in the suburbs of the capital have previously struck the Russian embassy.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the shell from the February 2 attack landed somewhere between the main office and the residential buildings and the projectile used in February 3 assault exploded around 20 meters from the main entrance to the embassy.

The shelling came as regime forces have been pounding rebel-held areas near Damascus for days.

Syrian rebels attack Russian embassy in Damascus
Shelling hits Russian embassy in Damascus

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said five were wounded including children.

The group, which tracks the civil war through a network of on-the-ground activists, says it has documented 331,765 deaths by name while the rest have not been identified. As per he reports two shells were fired at the diplomatic mission.

Explosions have killed thousands of people in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests before turning into a full-blown civil war.

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