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Attack on Russia’s Syria embassy is “terrorism”- UN
November 29, 2013, 7:00 am

The UN said the perpetrators must be brought to justice [Getty Images]

The UN said the perpetrators must be brought to justice [Getty Images]

The United Nations on Friday condemned a recent attack on the Russian Embassy in Syria that killed one person and injured nine others. Russia and China have resolutely opposed foreign military strikes against Syria that could have aided the Syrian rebel groups.

The UN Security Council described the incident as “terrorism” in a statement and said the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

Two mortar shells landed in the Russian Embassy in Damascus on Thursday, killing a Syrian security guard, injuring nine others and damaging the buildings, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

At least two similar attacks on the same embassy took place in September. No casualties were reported in the first incident, while at least three people were slightly injured in the second.

Russia and the US are trying to bring the government and the opposition to a second conference in Geneva that is now set to happen on 22nd January.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said last week that “a settlement of the bloody Syrian crisis, which has lasted almost three years, is possible only through peaceful resolution of all problems which the community has faced”.

The UN’s Refugee Agency says children represent 52 per cent of the total Syrian refugee population, which now exceeds 2.2 million.

Syrian President Bashar- Al Assad in September agreed to destroy his entire chemical weapons stockpile following a sarin gas attack that killed hundreds of people in Damascus on August 21.

Both the Syrian government and the rebel groups have denied the charges of perpetrating the attack.


Source: Agencies