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Seven ceasefire violations observed in Syria - Russia’s Defense Ministry

August 05, 4:08 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Jaysh al-Islam units, identifying themselves with the opposition, opened mortar fire on populated localities of Arbil, Saqba, Haush-Nasri, Nashabiyah, Jaubar, Duma and Jisrein
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MOSCOW, August 4. /TASS/. The ceasefire largely holds in most Syrian regions, with seven violations registered in past 24 hours, the Russian center for reconciliation of warring sides in Syria said on Thursday in a daily news bulletin posted on the Defense Ministry’s website.

"In the past 24 hours, the ceasefire has been breached seven times in the Damascus province where Jaysh al-Islam units, identifying themselves with the opposition, opened mortar fire on populated localities of Arbil, Saqba, Haush-Nasri, Nashabiyah, Jaubar, Duma and Jisrein," the bulletin says.

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.

The ceasefire has been effective in Syria since February 27. 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.

The Russian Defense Ministry declared the establishment of the reconciliation center on February 23. It is headquartered at the Hmeimim air base, Latakia province. The center was set up in line with agreements reached by Russia and the United States to facilitate the negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition and to organize humanitarian deliveries.

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