China says 1 injured in shelling at Chinese Embassy in Damascus
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in the residential al-Tadhamon neighborhood in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Syrian state media say a car bomb has exploded in Damascus, killing and wounding a dozen people. Damascus has been hit by a wave of explosions over the past leaving scores of people dead. (AP / SANA)
Published Tuesday, October 1, 2013 6:17AM EDT
BEIJING -- China says a mortar shell that landed within its embassy compound in Syria's capital has slightly injured a Syrian employee and caused slight damage to the property.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei also said Tuesday that "China is shocked at the attack and strongly condemns" it.
An Associated Press reporter at the scene of the attack Monday in Damascus says the shell also set two cars on fire. The attack came days after shells hit the Iraqi and Russian missions in central Damascus. The governments of China, Russia and Iraq are strong backers of Assad's government.
Hong says that China urges all parties in Syria to halt violence and start talks on restoring peace.