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Eight violations of ceasefire registered in Syria over 24 hours

March 11, 19:37 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The combatants reporting to the opposition groups Liva El Sultan Murat and Ahrar ash-Sham delivered mortar fire on the Kurdish militias’ units in the Sheikh Maqsood district in Aleppo
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MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. Militants have been violating the ceasefire in Syria eight times over the past 24 hours, says a bulletin of the Russian center for reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria placed on the Russian Defense Ministry’s website on Friday.

"There have been eight breaches of the cessation of hostilities over the past 24 hours (Aleppo - 4, Damascus - 2, Latakia -1 and Idlib -1)," the bulletin said.

The combatants reporting to the opposition groups Liva El Sultan Murat and Ahrar ash-Sham delivered mortar fire on the Kurdish militias’ units in the Sheikh Maqsood district in Aleppo.

Home-made artillery systems were used for indiscriminate shelling of Ayn Dakna.

Multiple rocket launchers were used by militants for bombardment of the settlement of Kinsibba (Latakia province), the defense ministry said.

Besides, the Russian defense ministry noted that the settlement of Fua in the Idlib province had come under shelling again as the gunmen of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group had twice shelled it.

"Russia’s Aerospace Force and Syria’s Air Force have not been delivering strikes on opposition armed units that had announced the cessation of hostilities and reported their location to the Russian or US reconciliation centers," the bulletin said.

The administration chiefs and elders of two villages in Syria’s Damascus province, in which no hostilities are under way, have asked the Russian Reconciliation Center for relief aid, the center said.

"The Russian Center for Reconciliation has received requests for relief aid from the heads and elders of two populated localities in Damascus province, in which all hostilities have ceased. For the moment, a humanitarian convoy is being formed," the bulletin said.

Besides, the head of the Russian Reconciliation Center and the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy in Syria discussed the Center’s interaction with UN organizations in carrying out humanitarian programs in Syria by telephone on Friday.

The ceasefire has been effective in Syria since February 27. It does not apply to the groups Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra (both outlawed in Russia), and also to other groups declared as terrorist by the UN Security Council.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced the establishment of the reconciliation center on February 23. It is headquartered at the Khmeimim air base, Latakia province. The center was set up in line with agreements reached by Russia and the United States to facilitate the negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition and to organize humanitarian deliveries.

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