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Russian Defense Ministry reports 8 ceasefire violations in Syria

April 29, 2016, 21:41 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Four of them took place in the province of Latakia, two - in the province of Damascus, and another two - in the province of Aleppo

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MOSCOW, April 29. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime is being observed in most of Syria’s provinces, with eight 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 Friday.

"The ceasefire regime has been observed in most of Syria’s provinces. Eight ceasefire violations were reports in the past day (four - in the province of Latakia, two - in the province of Damascus, and two - in the province of Aleppo," the bulletin says.

"Ahrar ash-Sham gunmen opened mortar fire at the positions of Syrian government troops near the settlements of Sandran, Beit Smaira, Nehshebba and Ainal-Ashara in the province of Latakia and Aleppo’s al-Ramusi living quarters," the center said.

"Residential houses in Damascus’ quarters Dahiyat al-Assad and Masakid Barza came under shelling by Jaysh al-Islam groups," the center said.

In the province of Latakia, Jabhat al-Nusra gunmen continue mortar shelling of governmental forces near the settlement of Kbana.

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.

"Reconciliation agreements were reached with representatives of six settlements in the province of Hama," according to the bulletin. The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 80.

"Talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were held with the field commander of an armed opposition group in the province of Damascus," the Russian reconciliation center said. "The number of illegal armed group that have declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remained unchanged - 52."

"Upon agreement with the Syrian authorities and moderate opposition groups, the Russian and U.S. sides impose a 24-hour armistice regime in Eastern Ghouta [a Damascus suburb] and a 72-hour ceasefire regime in Latakia’s northern districts from 00:01 on April 30," the bulletin says.

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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