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Six ceasefire violations reported in Syria in past day — Russian reconciliation center

September 07, 0:10 UTC+3
Units of the Jaysh al-Islam group which affiliates itself with the opposition opened mortar fire at the settlements of Haush-Douara, Douma, Jobar, al-Rihan and Arbil in the province of Damascus
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MOSCOW, September 6. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime has been generally observed during the day in most Syrian provinces, with six fire violations reported, including five in the Damascus province and one in the Latakia province, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its regular daily news bulletin posted on the Russian defense ministry’s website on Tuesday.

"Units of the Jaysh al-Islam group which affiliates itself with the opposition opened mortar fire at the settlements of Haush-Douara, Douma, Jobar, al-Rihan and Arbil in the province of Damascus," the center said. "Militants of the Ahrar al-Sham group shelled the settlement of Ain al-Ashra in the province of Latakia from multiple missile launcher systems."

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 informed the Russian or US reconciliation centers about their locations, the bulletin says.

"Groups constituting the international terrorist organizations Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State (both outlawed in Russia) continue attempts to break down the regime of cessation of hostilities," the Russian center said.

"During the day, terrorists opened fire from home-made artillery systems, mortars, anti-tank guided missile systems, armored vehicles and tanks at Aleppo’s districts of Hai al-Ansari, 1070, the Castello trade center, and the area in the vicinity of air force schools," the bulletin says. "Hot meals and living essentials distribution outlets are still open for civilians leaving Aleppo’s neighborhoods controlled by illegal armed groups."

Apart from that, a number of settlements in the provinces of Damascus and Hama came under shelling, as follows from the bulletin.

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. It does not cover terrorist groups such as Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, 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 of 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.

The Russian reconciliation center aims to assist armed groups in Syria in concluding ceasefire agreements, maintain the truce regime, control its observance and organize the delivery of humanitarian cargoes to civilians.

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