Insurgents shell Russian embassy in Syria during rally

DAMASCUS: Insurgents have fired two shells at the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital as scores of pro-government supporters gathered outside the compound to thank Moscow for its intervention in Syria.

An Associated Press reporter was outside the embassy on Tuesday morning when the first shell slammed into the compound in central Damascus and smoke billowed from inside.

As people started running away, another shell hit the area.

It was not immediately clear if there were casualties.

Opposition fighters in the suburbs of the capital have targeted the embassy in the past but it was not clear if Tuesday's attack targeted the rally.

Russia began launching airstrikes against insurgents in Syria on Sept. 30.