Centers of the distribution of humanitarian aid from Russia have come under shelling in the center of Damascus, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
According to a police officer at the site, two people have been killed and several others injured as a result of the attack.
One mortar exploded near the building of the Syriac Orthodox Church. Another shell landed near a temple of the Antiochian Orthodox Church. According to church representatives, there are wounded.
Blasts have been heard in the Christian quarter of Damascus, the correspondent reported. A Russian inter-religious delegation, which brought the humanitarian aid, is currently at the site.
Earlier in the day, the state-run SANA news agency reported that militants shelled populated areas in the Old City of Damascus, killing a woman and injuring three other civilians. According to the Sputnik correspondent, the attack came at a time when classes in local schools were finishing. Three people received shrapnel wounds and were evacuated on a civilian vehicle.
No further details have been immediately available.
Russia has been involved in a massive humanitarian campaign in Syria, providing food and essentials to the local population, as well as setting up portable hospitals.