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Nine ceasefire violations registered in Syria in 24 hours — Russia’s defense ministry

July 28, 2016, 1:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The number of residential localities that joined the reconciliation process has increased to 275

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MOSCOW, July 28. /TASS/. Nine ceasefire violations have been registered in Syria over the past 24 hours, with five of them in the Latakia region and four more in the Damascus region, the Russian center for reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria said in a daily news bulletin posted on the Defense Ministry’s website on Wednesday.

"In the Latakia province militants of the Ahrar ash-Sham armed group opened fire on the populated locality of Tauma. The Second Coastal Division shelled the populated locality of Saraf and the Free Syrian Army - the populated locality of Mortlu," the news bulletin said. "Jaysh al-Islam units, identifying themselves with the opposition, opened mortar fire on the populated localities of Haush al-Fara, Arbil, Jaubar and Duma in the Damascus province."

Russia’s Aerospace Force and Syria’s Air Force have not been delivering strikes on opposition armed units that had announced the cessation of hostilities and reported their location to the Russian or U.S. reconciliation centers.

Reconciliation of warring sides

The new bulletin says that in the past 24 hours reconciliation agreements have been concluded with residents of 16 residential localities - ten in As-Suwayda region, four in the Latakia region and two more in the Quneitra region.

"The number of residential localities that joined the reconciliation process has increased to 275. Talks are underway with the field commanders of armed opposition units in the provinces of Aleppo, Damascus and Rif-Dimashq," it said.

The number of armed groups that expressed their commitment to accepting and fulfilling the ceasefire conditions remained unchanged - 61.

An aircraft of the Russian Abakan Air carrier dropped a 21-ton UN relief cargo, largely cereals, to the Dier ez-Zor besieged by terrorists.

Terrorists’ attacks

"The Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State terrorist organizations continue to hamper the moves towards final cessation of hostilities," the bulletin says.

In the Aleppo region, terrorists shelled from self-made weapons the populated localities Tel-Jobeja and Kafr Hamrah and some districts in the city of Aleppo. Also, some residential localities in the Damascus and Latakia regions came under shelling.

The ceasefire has been effective in Syria since February 27, 2016. It does not apply to the groups Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra (both outlawed in Russia), and also to other groups declared as terrorist by the UN Security Council. Russia’s aviation grouping has been delivering air strikes against the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria since September 30, 2015 at the request of Syria’s President Bashar Assad. Since 2014, the US-led coalition has also been delivering air strikes against militants in Syria and Iraq.

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