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Eight Syria truce breaches registered over past 24 hours

March 10, 2016, 19:29 UTC+3 KHMEIMIM AIRBASE

The most complex situation is developing in the province of Aleppo where militants from several armed groupings opened mortar fire four times, Russian general Sergei Kuralenko said

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KHMEIMIM AIRBASE /SYRIA/, March 10. /TASS/. The Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Sides in Syria has registered eight truce breaches over the past twenty-four hours, Center Head Lieutenant-General Sergei Kuralenko said on Thursday.

"Over the past twenty-four hours, eight truce breaches have been registered: five in Aleppo, and one breach in the provinces of Deraa, Damascus and Idlib each," the general said.

The most complex situation is developing in the province of Aleppo where militants from the Liva Sultan Murad, Firqa 16 and Ahrar ash-Sham armed groupings opened mortar fire four times against the residential quarter of Sheikh-Maksud in the city of Aleppo, the general said.

"Also, strikes were delivered from improvised artillery systems against the residential quarters of Maraanaz and Ain-Dakna. The settlement of Fua (the province of Idlib) besieged by Jabhat al-Nusra militants has been regularly subjected to intensive artillery fire. A disastrous humanitarian situation has emerged in that town. Food and medicines are absent there. It is necessary to evacuate children from the blockaded enclave, especially infants, women, old people and disabled persons," the Russian general said.

Russia has been carrying out an anti-terror operation in Syria since September 30, 2015 at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Russian air task force is operating against militants in Syria. Some strikes against terrorists were delivered by the Russian Navy.

A ceasefire regime has been in effect in Syria from February 27 but it does not apply to the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra groupings (both outlawed in Russia) and some other formations recognized as terrorist groups by the UN Security Council.

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