Russia: journalists in Syria in artillery attack from Turkish border

An international group of journalists in the northern Syrian province of Latakia, where Russia has an airbase, came under an artillery attack from the Turkish border, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov says.

The group consisted of 33 journalists, including from Russia and the United States, and several received minor injuries, Konashenkov says in comments carried by state news agency TASS.

The artillery fire apparently came from the local al-Qaida affiliate, al-Nusra Front, which as a UN-designated terrorist organization is not included in the ceasefire that went into effect at the weekend, the report says.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says terrorists in Syria are being supplied by humanitarian aid convoys from Turkey, and he calls for the Syrian-Turkish border to be closed.

Last update: Tue, 01/03/2016 - 14:13
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