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Six civilians killed during shelling of Syria’s Aleppo and Handrat by militants - Russia

April 15, 1:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The center also reported that a detachment of over 150 militants arrived at the northeast of the Latakia Governorate from Turkish territory
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©  Valery Sharifulin / TASS

MOSCOW, April 15. /TASS/. Militants of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization keep shelling inhabited localities and positions of the Syrian government troops to disrupt the ceasefire in the Syrian governorate of Aleppo, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring sides in Syria said in a news bulletin posted on the Russian Defense Ministry’s website.

"In the northwest of the city of Aleppo, after mortar shelling by militants of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group on April 13 there were two attempts of offensive on the positions of the pro-government forces in the Sheikh Maqsood neighborhood," the news bulletin said.

"The districts of Az-Zagra, Er-Rashidin and the locality of Handrat came under fire with the use of multiple launch rocket systems," it said. "As a result of shelling, six civilians were killed and 12 received wounds of varying severity."

Besides, in the morning of April 14, Jabhat al-Nusra detachments with the strength of up to 400 people supported by tanks and infantry combat vehicles after mass shelling from artillery and mortars launched an offensive on the positions of government troops in the locality of Handrat.

The center also reported that a detachment of over 150 militants arrived at the northeast of the Latakia Governorate from Turkish territory.

On the whole, the regime of cessation of fire has been observed in most Syrian governorates. Four violations have been registered over the past day in Latakia.

The ceasefire regime took effect in Syria on February 27. Shortly before, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution supporting a cessation of hostilities. The document drafted by Russia and the United States was backed by all 15 Security Council member states.

The ceasefire regime does not cover the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations as well as other groups recognized as terrorist by the Security Council.

Russia’s Aerospace Forces started delivering pinpoint strikes in Syria at facilities of Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, which are banned in Russia, on September 30, 2015, on a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

On March 14, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to start, from March 15, withdrawing the main part of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ group from Syria. Putin said the tasks set before the military "have been fulfilled on the whole." Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said strikes on terrorists will continue to be delivered.

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