Two rockets hit Russian embassy in Damascus as hundreds gather

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Syrian security forces patrol the Russian embassy compound in Damascus in 2003 (AFP Photo/Louai Beshara)
Two shells were fired at Russia\’s embassy in Damascus on Tuesday during a demonstration in support of Moscow, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to the building. The incident came nearly two weeks after Russia, a major ally of Syria\’s President Bashar al-Assad, launched air strikes against Syrian rebels and Islamic State fighters.
Two rockets struck the Russian embassy compound in Damascus on Tuesday sparking panic as several hundred people gathered to express their support for Moscow\’s air war in Syria.
Some 300 people had begun to gather for a demonstration backing Russia\’s recent intervention in Syria when the rockets crashed into the embassy compound in the Mazraa neighbourhood of the capital, the journalists at the scene said.
There was widespread panic, but it was not immediately clear if anyone had been wounded or killed.
The demonstrators had been waving Russian flags and holding up large photographs of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the rockets were fired from the eastern edges of the capital, where Islamist rebels are entrenched.
The Russian embassy has been the target of rocket attacks before.
On September 21, just nine days before it began its air war in Syria, Moscow demanded "concrete action" after a shell hit the embassy\’s compound in Damascus.
In May, one person was killed by mortar rounds that landed nearby. Three were hurt when mortar rounds landed inside the compound in April.
SOURCE: AFP

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