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Eight ceasefire violations reported in Syria in past day — Russian Defense Ministry

April 17, 2016, 23:16 UTC+3

Terrorists continue attempts at establishing control over Aleppo-Homs highway to aggravate humanitarian situation

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MOSCOW, April 17. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime has been generally observed in most of Syria’s provinces, with eight violations reported in the past day, including three in the province of Latakia, three - in the province of Homs and two - in the province of Damascus, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in a regular daily bulletin on Sunday.

"Gunmen from the opposition group Ahrar ash-Sham shelled the settlements of Sandran, Ain al-Ashara and Kilaz in the province of Latakia from multiple missile launcher systems and mortars. In the province of Homs, Ahrar ash-Sham gunmen opened mortar fire at the settlements of Ashrafiya, Al Ganto and Ard al-Jaburin. Damascus’ districts of Al-Maliha and As-Sakhiya came under mortar shelling from posotions of the opposition group Jaish al-Islam in the settlement of Zibdin," 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 referred their coordinates to the Russian or U.S. reconciliation centers, the bulletin says.

Officers of the Russian reconciliation center jointly with the administration of the province of Aleppo delivered 1.5 tons of humanitarian cargoes to the settlement of Jibrin. A total of 3.5 tons of humanitarian cargoes, mostly food products, were delivered to the settlement of Tel Salhab in the province of Homs. The center’s medics offered medical services to 19 local residents.

According to the bulletin, the Russian ambassador to Syria paid a working visit to the Russian reconciliation center. The conversation centered round the role of the Russian center in controlling the ceasefire regime and delivering humanitarian aid to Syrian population.

Restoration works continue in the city of Al-Qaratayn in the province of Homs. Syrian repairman restored one building, cleared 75 meters of streets from debris and repaired 500 meters of electricity transmission lines. Syrian mine pickers removed nine land mines planted by retreating militants.

"Islamic State and al-Nusra (both outlawed in Russia as terrorist groups) terrorists continued attempts at establishing control over the Aleppo-Homs highway to aggravate the humanitarian situation in Aleppo," the center said.

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.

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