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

June 21, 1:51 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Two more reconciliation agreements signed with Syrian settlements
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© Valery Sharifulin / TASS

MOSCOW, June 20. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime has been generally observed in most of Syria’s provinces, with five violations reported in the past day in the province of Damascus, 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 Monday.

"Units of the Jaysh al-Islam group which affiliates itself with the opposition opened mortar fire at positions of Syrian government troops in the settmlements of Jaur al-Basha, Haush al-Fara and Arbil, and twice in the settlement of Harasta al-Basal in the province of Damascus," 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 informed the Russian or U.S. reconciliation centers about their locations, as follows from the bulletin.

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.

The Russian reconciliation center aims to assist armed groups in Syria in concluding ceasefire agreements, maintain the truce regime, control its observance and organize the delivery of humanitarian cargoes to civilians.

Two more reconciliation agreements signed with Syrian settlements

Reconciliation agreements were signed during the day with representatives of two more settlements in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo and al-Quneitra. "The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 157," the center said.

"Talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were continued with field commanders of armed opposition groups in the provinces of Damascus, Aleppo and Daraa," the bulletin says.

The number illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 61, as follows from the bulletin.

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.

The Russian reconciliation center aims to assist armed groups in Syria in concluding ceasefire agreements, maintain the truce regime, control its observance and organize the delivery of humanitarian cargoes to civilians.

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