UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday strongly condemned what it called a “terrorist attack” on the Russian embassy in Syria’s capital.
Russia’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told The Associated Press that a mortar round penetrated a diplomat’s office, but no one was killed because people were out at lunch.
Safronkov said the attack came from the Jobar neighborhood, which he said “as far as we understand is controlled by illegal armed groups.” He did not know which group was responsible.
The Russian diplomat said the embassy in Damascus has been targeted before.
Russia is a strong ally of the Syrian government.
The Security Council statement said the Russian embassy sustained “serious material damage.” The current council president told reporters that news of the attack came during a council meeting.