Edited time: September 23, 2013 01:07
A mortar shell has hit the Russian embassy compound in the Syrian capital Damascus, injuring three people. The Russian Foreign Ministry and Syria’s authorities are taking measures to ensure additional security.
“On the morning of September 22, as a result of mortar shelling in the Damascus Mazraa district, one of the shells exploded on the territory of the Russian Embassy in Syria,” said Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement adding that the three injured employees do not have life-threatening conditions.
The upscale Mazraa district also houses several Syrian security institutions, a soccer stadium and nightclubs.
Earlier reports suggested that there were two shells and several people were wounded, but they were not confirmed.
“Russia’s embassy is working normally,” the embassy’s guard on duty stressed earlier, as cited by Itar-Tass.
The US Department of State has condemned the shelling of the Russian embassy, expressing its “concern for the welfare of those injured in the incident.”