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No new truce agreements signed in Syria over past day — Russian Defense Ministry

March 10, 21:37 UTC+3
The chief of the Russian truce center in Syria said that over the past three days, the center’s specialists have reached agreements on cessation of hostilities with commanders of seven detachments
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KHMEIMIM AIRBASE /Syria/, March 10. /TASS/. No new agreements on reconciliation with armed formations have been signed in Syria over the past 24 hours, the chief of the Russian truce center for the warring sides in Syria, Lt. Gen. Sergey Kuralenko, said Thursday.

Kuralenko said that over the past three days, the center’s specialists have reached agreements on cessation of hostilities with commanders of seven detachments.

"Including two formations with the strength up to 300 people acting in the Governorate of Damascus, and five detachments with the overall strength up to 450 people in the Daraa Governorate," he said.

"Thus, the overall number of armed formations who have voiced their adherence to adoption and implementation of conditions of the cessation of hostilities has reached 42," Kuralenko told journalists.

The center’s information bulletin also mentioned on Wednesday 42 agreements with armed formations.

Kuralenko said the center keeps round-the-clock control of observing the ceasefire regime in the governorates of Hama, Homs, Latakia, Damascus, Aleppo and Daraa. The center’s specialists have held talks with spiritual leaders, representatives of administrations and public of 12 inhabited localities of the governorates of Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, Latakia and Quneitra.

"On the whole, the ceasefire regime between the government troops and opposition forces on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic has been observed," he said.

According to UN statistics, fighting between Syrian government troops and militants has killed over 220,000 people and displaced millions since its start in 2011. Gangs of militants making part of various armed formations, the most active of them being the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations, fight government troops.

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

Targets of the Russian aircraft include terrorists’ gasoline tankers and oil refineries.

Russia’s aircraft have made thousands of sorties since the start of the operation in Syria.

Russia’s Aerospace Forces have not struck opposition armed formations who announced cessation of hostilities. The Russian truce center has handed over seven metric tons of humanitarian cargoes (foodstuffs and bottled water) to residents of the localities of Et-Tell and Rouheiba.

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