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Five ceasefire violations reported in Syria on past day — Russian Defense Ministry

April 19, 2016, 0:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The number of settlements that have joined the reconciliation process has risen to 64

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MOSCOW, April 18. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime has been generally observed in most of Syria’s provinces, with five violations reported in the past day, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in a regular daily bulletin on Monday.

"Five ceasefire violations were reported in the past day (four - in the province of Latakia and one - in the province of Hama). Units of the Ahrar ash-Sham group which positions itself as opposition opened fire from mortars and self-made multiple missile launcher systems at the settlements of Sandar, Ain al-Ashara, Ard al-Wata and Kellaz in the province of Latakia and at positions of the government forces near the settlement of Maharda in the province of Hama. As a result, three civilians were killed and four others were wounded," according to the document posted on the Russian defense ministry’s Facebook account.

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.

"A ceasefire agreement was reached with representatives from the settlement of Badu in the province of Homs," the bulletin says. "The number of settlements that have joined the reconciliation process has risen to 64."

Talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were continued with the field commander of an armed opposition group in the province of Damascus. The number of illegal armed groups which have announced their commitment to the ceasefire terms remained unchanged - 50.

The Russian reconciliation center continues to form further humanitarian convoys.

"Officers of the Russian reconciliation center held working meetings with officials from the administration of three settlements in the provinces of Damascus and Quneitra to discuss issues of restoration of settlements that have been liberated from illegal armed groups and return of population to those settlements," the center said.

According to the center, Jabhat al-Nusra militants continued shelling of Aleppo’s Sheikh Maksoud and al-Maysar districts. The settlement of Fua in the province of Idlib which is blocked by terrorists twice came under shelling. Islamic State units attacked positions of the government troops near the settlement of Khan al-Trab in the province of Damascus but were forced to retreat to the Tulul al-Khuir hills having sustained losses in manpower and weapons.

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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