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Mortar round hits Vatican embassy in Damascus: diplomat

In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, black smoke billows the air from heavy shelling in the Damascus country side of Daraya, Syria, on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

DAMASCUS: A mortar round hit the Vatican embassy in Damascus on Tuesday morning, damaging the building but causing no casualties, a diplomat told AFP.

"A mortar round fell this morning at 6:30 am (0430 GMT) on the embassy rooftop, causing only material damage," said the counsellor at the papal nunciature.

 

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