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April 6. /TASS/. Russia’s Aerospace Forces have delivered strikes on positions of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the suburb of Syria's Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
The Russian center for reconciliation of the warring sides in Syria said in a news bulletin that militants of the Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations, banned in Russia, which are not covered by the Russian-US deal on a ceasefire in Syria, keep attempts of armed provocations in a number of Syrian governorates against civilians and government troops.
"After artillery preparation, terrorists of gang formations controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra with the overall strength of up to 1,500 people, supported by 3 tanks and 20 vehicles with mounted heavy machine guns from the districts of Ashrafia and Ash-Shababi of the city of Aleppo attacked the positions of the Kurdish militia in the Sheikh Maqsood neighborhood," the bulletin posted on the Russian Defense Ministry website said.
As a result of the shelling, 18 civilians were killed, including children, as well as 11 fighters of the Kurdish self-defense units. A total of 36 people were wounded.