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13 violations reported over past day — Russian reconciliation center

April 25, 1:20 UTC+3
According to the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, the ceasefire regime in Syria has been generally observed
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MOSCOW, April 24. /TASS/. Ceasefire in Syria has been generally observed, with 13 violations reported in the past day, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its regular daily update posted on the Russian defense ministry’s website on Sunday.

"The ceasefire regime in Syria has been generally observed. Over the past day, 13 ceasefire violations were reported," the bulletin says.

A reconciliation agreement was reached with representatives of one settlement in the province of Aleppo. "The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 71," the document says.

Talks on joining the ceasefire regime were continued with the field commander of an armed opposition group in the province of Homs. "The number of armed groups that have declared their commitment to ceasefire terms is 51," the bulletin says.

"Armed units of the Jaysh al-Islam group which aligns itself with the opposition conducted mortar shelling at the settlements of Jobar, al-Sakhiya, Harasta, Douma and Kaboun in the province of Damascus," the bulletin says.

In the province of Latakia, gunmen from the Ahrar ash-Sham group which aligns itself with the opposition shelled the senntlements of Sandran, Beit Smaira and Shmaisa from multiple missile launcher systems and mortars.

Units of the Free Syrian Army opened mortar shelling of the settlements of Tel al-Tout in the province of Hama and shelled positions of the Syrian army near the settlements of Teir Maala and Tal al-Dahab in the province of Homs.

Positions of Syrian government forces in Aleppo’s Sheikh Maksoud and Salah al-Din districts came under gun and mortar fire from Ahrar ash-Sham gunmen.

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.

According to information reported to the Russian reconciliation center from local residents, "the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group continues to concentrate its forces northwest of Aleppo and in northeastern regions of the province of Latakia,"

Apart from that, "the besieged city of Fua in the province of Idlib came under shelling from multiple missile launcher systems," the Russian 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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