Syria says shells hit Russian embassy compound

Syria says shells hit Russian embassy compound

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Syrian state media say shells have hit the Russian embassy in Damascus causing material damage. State news agency said two shells were fired at the Russian embassy, one hitting the compound while the other fell nearby. Syrian rebels in the suburbs of the capital have previously struck the Russian embassy. Moscow is a strong supporter of President Bashar Assad and has been involved in the six-year war since September 2015. The attack in Damascus came hours after a bomb exploded near a hospital in the rebel-held north-western city of Idlib wounding five people. The Syrian Civil Defence group, more popularly known as the White Helmets, said the wounded included two children.