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Russia says Syrian ceasefire monitoring centre hit in shelling - TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s ceasefire monitoring centre has been damaged by shelling from the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta outside the Syrian capital Damascus, the TASS news agency cited Russia’s Ministry of Defence as saying late on Tuesday.

“Residential areas, Damascus hotels, as well as Russia’s Centre for Syrian Reconciliation, were hit in a massive bombardment by illegal armed groups from Eastern Ghouta,” TASS cited the ministry as saying.

“There was severe damage and victims among civilians. There were no victims among the Russian armed forces,” TASS said, quoting the ministry.

A wave of air strikes, rocket fire and shelling has hit Eastern Ghouta, killing at least 250 people since Sunday night.

Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Andrew Osborn