Syria says shells hit Russian Embassy
BEIRUT — Shells hit the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday, wounding seven people as well as striking the Russian Embassy and a nearby area, causing material damage, state media said.
Syrian Arab News Agency said two shells were fired at the Russian Embassy, one hitting the compound while the other fell nearby. The news agency said the shelling of other parts of the city wounded seven people.
Syrian rebels in the suburbs of the capital have previously struck the Russian Embassy. The shelling occurred as government forces have been pounding rebel-held areas near Damascus for days.
Russia is a strong supporter of President Bashar Assad and has been involved in Syria’s civil war since September 2015.
The attack in Damascus came hours after a bomb exploded near a hospital in the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib. The Syrian Civil Defense group, more popularly known as the White Helmets, said five people were wounded, including two children.