Syria says shells hit Rus­sian Em­bassy

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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