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Syria says shells hit Russian embassy compound

Damascus has been the target of frequent shelling and bombing [AFP file photo]

Date of publication: 16 July, 2017

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Syrian state media say shells have hit the Russian embassy in Damascus causing material damage.

Syrian state media say shells have hit the Russian embassy in Damascus causing material damage.

State news agency SANA said two shells were fired at the Russian embassy on Sunday, one hitting the compound while the other fell nearby.

Syrian rebels in the suburbs of the capital have previously struck the Russian embassy.

Moscow is a strong supporter of President Bashar Assad and has been involved in the six-year 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 wounding five people.

The Syrian Civil Defense group, more popularly known as the White Helmets, said the wounded included two children.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said five were wounded including children.

Another explosion hit the regime-held city of Latakia. Syrian state television reported a "terrorist explosion" north of the government-held coastal city on Sunday and cited reports of casualties.

The blast took place in Ras Shamra, a town about 12 km (7 miles) north of the city, state television said. It gave no further details.

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