Two rockets strike Russian embassy in Damascus, Syria

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Russian Embassy Compound
Russian Embassy Compound in Damascus

As around seven hundred people gathered to express their support for Moscow’s air war in Syria, insurgents fired two rockets that struck the Russian embassy compound, in Damascus, today.

The incident created panic, but it is not clear if anyone had been killed or wounded. The demonstrators had been waving Russian flags and holding up large photographs of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, the rockets were fired from the eastern edges of the capital, where Islamist rebels are entrenched. Russain 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.

One person was killed by mortar rounds that landed nearby in May, this year. Three were hurt when mortar rounds landed inside the compound in April.

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