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Three ceasefire violations reported in Syria in past day - Russian defense ministry

May 28, 2:21 UTC+3
The number of illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms has reached 60
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MOSCOW, May 27. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime has been generally observed in most of Syria’s provinces, with three violations reported in the province of Aleppo, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its regular daily news bulletin posted on the Russian defense ministry’s website on Friday.

Ceasefire regime

"Groups constituting the Jaysh al-Islam organization which aligns itself with the opposition used multiple missile launcher systems to shell Aleppo’s Al-Khalidiya and Al-Zahra districts. The latter came under shelling two times. The regime of silence in Eastern Ghouta and Darayya in the province of Damascus has been extended for another 48 hours upon agreement will all parties concerned," the center said.

No air strikes were delivered by the Russian air group and the Syrian air force at armed opposition group which have declared cessation of hostilities and referred their coordinates to the Russian or U.S. reconciliation centers, as follows from the bulletin.

Reconciliation of conflicting parties

"During the day, reconciliation agreements were reached with representatives of two settelemnts in the province of Homs. The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 122," the bulletin says.

An agreement on cessation of hostilities was signed with the field commander of an armed group in the province of Damascus. Thus, the number of illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms has reached 60.

Humanitarian assistance

More humanitarian convoys are being formed for Syrian residents. "Russian planes delivered more than 37 tons of food received from the United Nations agencies to the city of Deir ez-Zor besieged by Islamic State militants," the Russian center said.

Officers of the Russian center had a working meeting with representatives of the non-government People’s Organization for Ceasefire in Syria. "The sides discussed prospects for the restoration of national unity in Syria and humanitarian assistance to those in need in Syrian settlements," the bulletin says.

Anti-terrorism efforts

"Groups constituting the international terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra (outlawed in Russia) are continuing provocation aimed at disrupt the regime of cessation of hostilities," the Russian center said.

In the province of Latakia, Jabhat al-Nusra groups shelled the settlements of Ard al-Wata, Khakur-Takhtani and Haddada. In the province of Hama, Jabhat al-Nusra militants opened fire at the airports of the province administrative center and the settlements of al-Zaka, Mamamiyat and al-Rouqeita. In the province of Daraa, Jabhat al-Nusra groups shelled eastern parts of the capital’s district of al-Manshiya and attempted an offensive from the settlements of Khan ash Shykh and Zakia in the province of Damascus and seized the village of Deir Khabiya.

Syrian government troops continue to squeeze Islamic State groups from their position near Palmyra.

Cessation of hostilities

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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