30 November 2013, 10:32

Ban Ki-moon urges punishment for shelling of Russian embassy in Damascus

Ban Ki-moon urges punishment for shelling of Russian embassy in Damascus

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the shelling of the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus on Thursday, which killed one person and wounded nine others.

In a statement issued on Friday by his spokesperson, Ban extended his deep condolences to the family of the victim and to the Russian government, and his sympathies to those injured.

"The UN Secretary-General underlines the importance of holding the perpetrators accountable," the spokesperson said.

"As the violence in Syria causes growing levels of suffering and destruction, the Secretary-General reiterates his appeal to all Syrian, regional and international actors to show vision and leadership and act in concert towards a political solution of the conflict," Ban said.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the shelling of the embassy left one Syrian dead and nine others, including the embassy's Syrian security guards, injured.

UNSC equates mortar shelling of Russian embassy in Damascus to terrorist act

The UN Security Council issued a statement on Thursday, most strongly condemning the mortar shelling of the Russian embassy in Damascus, equating it to a terrorist act. One Syrian was killed, nine people, including Syrian security guards, were injured in the attack.

The Council members expressed condolences to the families of victims and sympathy for those who suffered as a result of the terrible terrorist act, pointed out the UNSC statement for the press.

US condemns shelling of Russian embassy in Damascus

The United States has condemned the attack on Russian embassy in Damascus and expressed "concern for those killed and injured in the incident."

“We condemn any attack against individuals or facilities protected by international law. The United States continues to emphasize that those responsible for atrocities on all sides must be held accountable,” the US State Department said in a statement Thursday.

Fatal Damascus embassy attack is terrorism - Russia

Moscow regards the mortar attack, which clamed a life at the Russian embassy in Damascus, to be a terrorist act and says the perpetrators must be punished, said Russian Foreign Ministry. One Syrian was killed, nine people, including Syrian security guards, were injured.

Following a mortar attack by armed anti-government groups in the district of Damascus which hosts the Russian embassy, one bomb exploded at the premises and another nearby at 5 pm Moscow time on Thursday.

"Russian citizens have not been injured. One Syrian has died and nine people, including Syrian security guards at the embassy, have been injured. The embassy building has sustained insignificant financial damage," the Russian Foreign Ministry posted a statement.

"The growing number of mortar attacks carried out by militants from central Damascus, including the attack on the Russian embassy, is decisively condemned. We regard them as terrorist acts whose perpetrators, as well as those who encourage such attacks, must be punished," the statement says.

As a result of a mortar attack by militants in the area where the Russian embassy is situated, one bomb exploded on in the embassy's grounds and another – nearby.

In the recent months of the ongoing civil war in Syria, rebels have launched a number of mortar shells into the upscale Mazraa district of Damascus, which houses many embassies and senior Syrian officials.

Earlier in September, a mortar shell hit the Russian embassy compound, injuring three people.

During the nearly three-year military conflict in Syria, the Russian embassy sustained its worst damaged in February 2013, when a car bomb exploded nearby, killing 50 people on the Damascus highway. No one was injured at the embassy but the blast blew out windows in the building.

Voice of Russia, TASS, RT, RIA, Interfax

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