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Russian reconciliation center registers 6 ceasefire violations

April 10, 0:54 UTC+3 Al-NASRIYA
"Six violations of the ceasefire have been registered in the provinces of Latakia, Hama and Homs," spokesman for Russia’s Defense Ministry Major General Igor Konashenkov said
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Al-NASRIYA /Syria/, April 10. /TASS/. Russian center for reconciliation of warring sides in Syria has registered six ceasefire violations in Syria over the past 24 hours, spokesman for Russia’s Defense Ministry Major General Igor Konashenkov told a briefing in the village of Al-Nasriya near Damascus.

"Six violations of the ceasefire have been registered in the provinces of Latakia, Hama and Homs," Konashenkov said, noting militants of the Jaysh al-Islam and Ahrar ash-Sham groups had opened fire on some residential localities from mortars and multiple artillery rocket systems.

In the meantime, in the past 24 hours the center’s officers "have reached a preliminary agreement on reconciliation with representatives of a settlement in the Homs province and talks with the commander of a large detachment of the armed opposition in the Aleppo province were successful," he said.

"The cessation of hostilities largely holds in most of the Syrian regions," he said. However, the terrorist groups Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra (both outlawed in Russia) "are continuing armed provocations against peaceful civilians in the Aleppo and Idlib provinces." Thus, at least 18 civilians were killed and 60 more wounded when Jabhat al-Nusra shelled Aleppo’s Sheikh Maqsoud district. A battle between a 400-men group of extremists and Kurdish militiamen erupted in the city district of Ashrafia. The Russian general said that "after the prolonged clash the Jabhat al-Nusra fighters were forced to retreat to their starting positions.".

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