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China says 1 injured by shell at Damascus embassy

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Associated Press | October 1, 2013 04:14 AM EST | AP


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.