Rus­sian em­bassy at­tack

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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.

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