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Four ceasefire violations reported in Syria in past day — Russian reconciliation center

June 04, 2016, 2:17 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Groups constituting the international terrorist organization Jabhat Al Nusra (outlawed in Russia) are continuing provocation aimed at disrupt the regime of cessation of hostilities

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MOSCOW, June 4. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime has been generally observed in most of Syria’s provinces, with four violations reported in the provinces of Damascus in the past day, 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.

"Groups of the Jaysh al-Islam organization which aligns itself with the opposition shelled from mortars Syrian government troops’ position in the settlements of Arbil and Harasta and shelled Damascus’s district Jobar twice," 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, according to the bulletin.

Groups constituting the international terrorist organization Jabhat Al Nusra (outlawed in Russia) are continuing provocation aimed at disrupt the regime of cessation of hostilities, as follows from the bulletin. During the day, they conducted fire from multiple missile launcher systems and mortars at the settlement of Handrat, Aleppo’s districts of Sheikh Maksoud, Al-Mukhafaza, al-Zahra and the al-Nayrab airport.

Apart from that, terrorists shelled the settlements od Kinsibba and Nahshebba in the province of Latakia, the settlements of Uaa and Kafer Haya in the province of Idlib, the settlements of Hammamiyat and al-Zaki in the province of Hama, the settlements of Tesnin and Tumin in the province of Homs, and the settlement of Marj-Sultan in the province of Damascus. The Syrian army repelled an attempted offensive near the settlement of Narb Nafsa in the province of Homs.

In the northeast of the Latakia province, Jabhat Al Nusra terrorists conducted mortar fire at the positions of Syrian government troops near the settlements of Ikko, Ard al-Wata and Zaitunjik and staged two offensives on government forces in the direction of Safar and Kinsibba. As a result of one these offensives, after preliminary bombardment from multiple missile launcher systems and mortars backed by armored vehicles and cars armed with heavy machineguns, terrorists managed to seize the settlements of Kara-Jagez and Khashkhasha.

More than 200 Jabhat Al Nusra terrorists illegally crossed the Syrian-Turkish border near the settlement of Beisun and attacked positions of the Syrian government army. A considerable concentration of about 1,000 Jabhat Al Nusra gunmen was seen near the settlement of Binnish in the province of Idlib. Terrorist groups have cars armed with heavy machineguns and up to 25 multiple missile launcher systems. According to local residents, terrorists seize food products from locals and are heading towards the settlement of Khan Tuman in the province of Aleppo.

According to reports coming from residents of the settlement of Marea in the province of Aleppo, gunmen of the Free Syrian Army move unhindered via checkpoints and settlements controlled by Islamic State. "These reports prove that the Free Syrian Army commanders have contacts with Islamic State to agree to try to rebuff an offensive of the Kurdish forces on this settlement," the Russian center said.

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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