(UN News Centre) – The United Nations Security Council has condemned in the “strongest terms” an attack yesterday on the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Syria’s capital Damascus as well as the widely reported recent attacks on schools in the country, according to separate statements issued late yesterday. In the first statement, condemning the mortar shelling of the Russian Embassy, that caused “significant material damage,” the Council members recalled the principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host Governments to take all appropriate steps to protect these premises against any intrusion or damage, and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of these missions or impairment of their dignity, and to prevent any attack on diplomatic premises, agents and consular officers.