April 27 (Bloomberg) — Explosions and gunfire were heard today near the British ambassador’s residence and the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Damascus, Syria, the Associated Press reported, citing two Arab television stations.
The explosions were in the western part of the city that is home to many foreign embassies, AP said, citing Al-Jazeera and Al- Arabiya television stations.
(CNN) — An hour-long battle between police and gunmen broke out Tuesday in downtown Damascus, the capital of Syria, killing at least one passer-by and injuring several others, according to Syrian television and other sources.
At least one attacker was killed and one wounded, according to the Syrian ambassador to the United States.
At least six explosions preceded the gunfire at about 8 p.m. (1 p.m. ET) in an area between the Iranian and Canadian embassies and near the residence of the British ambassador to Syria, according to witnesses.
Syrian TV quoted security sources as saying a “group of terrorists engaged in random fire with Syrian security forces.”
A restaurant and a building partly used by the United Nations were heavily damaged, witnesses said.
The gunbattle was along Meze Road, in the rear of the Iranian Embassy, according to a source at the British Embassy. The source said no Britons were injured.
A senior State Department official said the battle was not near the U.S. Embassy.
Iranian TV reported there was no damage to Iran’s embassy and no injuries among the Iranians who work there. The report also said three people, armed with grenades, had been arrested.
A doctor told CNN at least five civilians have been taken to hospitals for treatment and a call was issued for doctors to report to emergency rooms.