Three mortar shells hit Syria’s capital, Damascus, on Monday and one fell near the Chinese embassy, damaging the surrounding area and hospitalizing one of its Syrian employees.
Around 11:05 local time, the mortar shell fell into the embassy courtyard and exploded, setting cars in the surrounding area on fire. One Syrian citizen employee suffered minor injuries, but all other officials remained unharmed, reports say.
The shellings on Monday occurred only days after shells hit Damascus’ Iraqi and Russian missions, killing one woman and wounding six others.
According to SCMP:
The governments of China, Russia and Iraq are strong backers of President Bashar Assad’s government.
Also on Monday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced that China would be involved in a peace conference on Syria due in Geneva in November.
The US-Russia peace initiative, dubbed Geneva 2, would involve all five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Fabius said.
The embassy is located in the center of the city, one of the more “sensitive” areas surrounded by many Syrian military and political authorities, including the Syrian Presidential Palace.
Employees of the embassy have returned to work as normal.