Two killed, five injured in attack on Iraq consulate in Syria: Diplomat

At least two people have been killed and five others wounded in a mortar attack on the Iraqi consulate in the Syrian capital, Damascus, a diplomat says.

The attack took place on Thursday, hitting the waiting room of the Iraqi consulate that is located near several other embassies.

The diplomat said that the injured included three women, adding that none of the victims were employees of the Iraqi Consulate.

Foreign-backed militants fighting the Syrian government often fire mortar rounds into Damascus.

On September 22, a mortar shell struck the Russian Embassy in central Damascus, injuring three embassy staff.

The Russian Embassy has been targeted by militants several times since the beginning of the Syrian unrest. Earlier this month, the embassy was also hit by a mortar shell. No casualties were reported.

On June 4, at least one civilian was killed and several others injured near the Russian Embassy in Damascus by shellfire from militants fighting against the Syrian government.

The Russian Embassy was damaged in February when a car bomb exploded nearby on a busy Damascus highway, killing 50 people.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011.

A very large number of the militants operating inside Syria are reportedly foreign nationals. According to reports, Western powers and their regional allies, especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

By Press TV


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