Russian embassy attack
The Russian foreign ministry said its embassy compound in the Syrian capital of Damascus has come under shelling from rebel groups. The ministry said in a statement yesterday that the embassy was shelled on Monday, with one mortar landing and exploding near the residential compound and two more by the embassy building. The ministry said no one was harmed and blamed the attack on two rebel groups, including Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, which was formerly known as the Nusra Front. The situation in Syria has deteriorated considerably since the collapse of a US-Russia-brokered ceasefire two weeks ago. The ministry said the attack was the result of a US policy and its allies, which “provokes further bloodshed in Syria”. Meanwhile, government forces pressed their assault yesterday on the eastern, rebel-held neighbourhoods of Aleppo, opposition activists said.