The Latest- Attack targets Russian embassy in Syria

December 29, 2016 | By | Reply More

The Latest on the conflict in Syria, and the Russia-Turkey-brokered cease-fire agreement.

russian embassy Russia’s foreign ministry says a mortar round has exploded inside the Russian embassy compound in the Syrian capital Damascus.

Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement Thursday that the mortar fired from a rebel-controlled suburb of Damascus fell near the entrance of the embassy’s consulate department. The ministry reported “insignificant material damage” and no injuries.

It is the second mortar attack on the Russian embassy in as many days. The foreign ministry said Wednesday that a mortar round had landed in the embassy courtyard without exploding, and that another had also fallen in the vicinity.

Zakharova on Thursday linked the attack to a cease-fire deal in Syria that the government forces and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced earlier in the day.

Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, who since 2011has been battling a revolt against his family’s four-decade rule.

U.N. envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is welcoming the agreement on a cease-fire in Syria and says he hopes it will pave the way for “productive” talks between the parties to the country’s civil war.

A statement from de Mistura’s office in Geneva on Thursday said he hopes that the accord will save civilian lives, facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance across Syria and allow for useful talks in the Kazakh capital, Astana.

The statement added: “The special envoy is of the view that these developments should contribute to inclusive and productive intra-Syrian negotiations to be convened under UN auspices on Feb. 8, 2017.”

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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