Shells hit Russian embassy compound in Syria

Syrian state media said that two mortar shells were fired at the Russian embassy in Damascus but reported no injuries.

A view shows the damage at the site of a suicide attack in Tahrir Square, in central Damascus
No injuries were reported in what the Syrian government said was an attack on the Russian embassy [Reuters]

Syrian state media say shells have hit the Russian embassy in Damascus, causing material damage.

State news agency SANA said two shells were fired at the Russian embassy on Sunday, one hitting the compound while the other fell nearby.

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

Moscow is a strong supporter of President Bashar al-Assad and has been involved in the six-year war since September 2015.

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The attack in Damascus came hours after a bomb exploded near a hospital in the rebel-held north-western city of Idlib wounding five people.

The Syrian Civil Defence group, more popularly known as the White Helmets, said the wounded included two children.

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

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Source: Al Jazeera, News Agencies

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