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Mortar hits Russian Embassy in Damascus

Written by Associated Press | Amman | Posted: September 23, 2013 3:02 am

A mortar round landed inside the Russian Embassy compound in Damascus on Sunday,state media said,as Moscow said it was willing to send military observers to secure Syrian efforts to surrender its chemical weapons to international control.

Russia is a leading backer of Syria’s President Bashar Assad and rebels fighting to topple his regime have previously targeted the diplomatic mission in Damascus with rockets and mortars.

In Moscow,the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed the attack,saying rebels fired mortars that landed on the grounds of their embassy. Three workers were injured in the attack,the ministry said,adding that the injuries were not life-threatening.

In another mortar attack outside the capital,two people were injured when shells slammed into a residential building in the suburb of Jaramana,SANA said.

The attacks come as diplomatic wrangling continues over how to collect Syria’s arsenal of chemical and biological agents to prevent any repeat of the August 21 attack outside Damascus.

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