Russian embassy ‘shelled’ amid Syria build-up fears

Jaswinder Singh Baidwan

Akhran da mureed
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Russia has demanded action after a shell landed in its embassy compound in Damascus, as President Vladimir Putin tried to reassure Israel over an apparent military build-up in Syria that US officials now say includes combat aircraft.
Moscow said yesterday a mortar fell on the embassy compound in the Syrian capital on Sunday without causing damage and blamed forces battling President Bashar al-Assad and their “outside sponsors” for the shelling.
“We await a clear standpoint on this terrorist act from all members of the international community, including regional actors,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said. “What is needed is not just words, but concrete action.” The Russian embassy, in Damascus’ Mazraa neighbourhood, has been hit before. In May, one person was killed by mortar rounds that landed nearby. Three were hurt when mortar rounds landed inside the compound in April.
The US says Russia is deploying personnel and military hardware to Syria, sparking fears Moscow is getting ready to fight alongside government forces. — AFP
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