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Syria ceasefire violated seven times in the past 24 hours - Russian Defense Ministry

April 12, 5:43 UTC+3
Six violations fixed in Latakia province and one in Homs province, says the information bulletin of the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria
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MOSCOW, April 12./TASS/. The ceasefire in Syria has been violated seven times in the past 24 hours, six violations fixed in Latakia province and one in Homs province, says the information bulletin of the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, posted on the website of the Russian Defense Ministry.

"Gunmen from the Ahrar ash-Sham group, which positions itself as opposition, opened mortar and gun fire at units of the Syrian army from the settlements of Sandran and Mazraat-Omaro in the province of Latakia. One civilian was killed and three more were wounded in shelling in the settlements of Rasha and Kelaz," the center said.

Apart from that, government troops’ positions in the village of Safsara came under shelling from heavy machineguns from the settlement of al-Ziara controlled by the Free Syrian Army. One Syrian servicemam was killed. Ahrar ash-Sham gunmen opened mortar fire at a government troops’ checkpoint in the settlement of Tair-Maala in the province of Homs. One Syrian serviceman was killed.

According to the Russian reconciliation center, a truce agreement was signed with representatives of one settlement in the province of Homs over the past day. Thus, the number of settlements that have joined the reconciliation process and signed relevant agreements with the Syrian authorities has risen to 61. Talks on joining the ceasefire regime are continued with a field commander of an armed opposition in the province of Damascus.

A total of 47 statements of intention on cessation of hostilities have been signed with the leaders of armed groups of moderate opposition, the center said.

"Syria’s territory once again came under shelling by the Turkish armed forces. Turkish artillery shelled positions of the Syrian government troops in the province of Latakia from the area of the settlement of Metishli. An artillery strike was delivered at the settlement of Gebelli from the same positions," the center said.

Officers of the Russian reconciliation center delivered three tons of humanitarian cargoes to the settlement of Alkin in the Daraa province. The center’s medics offered medical services to 24 local residents. The Russian center continues to form another humanitarian convoy to be sent to the province of Homs.

A ceasefire regime brokered by Russia and the United States on February 22 officially came into effect in Syria at midnight Damascus time on February 27. This does not cover terrorist groups such as Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, both outlawed in Russia, and other groups recognized as terrorist by the United Nations Security Council.

An hour before the ceasefire came into force, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution in support cessation of hostilities in Syria. The document was initiated by Russia and the United States and won support from all the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council.

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