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Three more Syrian settlements join ceasefire in past day — Russian reconciliation center

March 20, 20:16 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian officers in the Russian-Turkish joint commission set up to monitor ceasefire violations in Syria reported three ceasefire violations in Damascus province

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MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. Three populated localities have joined the ceasefire in Syria in the past day, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its regular daily news bulletin posted of the Russian defense ministry’s official website on Monday.

"During the day, ceasefire agreements were signed with three settlements, namely Deiruna, Ayn-Tbarja and Atil," the center said, adding that the overall number of Syrian settlements that have joined the reconciliation process has reached 1,362.

During the day, the Syrian army liberated one more settlement from Islamic State militants, bringing their number to 189.

"Over the past 24 hours, the government forces regained control over 37.1 square kilometers. Overall, 3,335 square kilometers have been liberated since January 1, 2017," the bulletin said.

Russian officers in the Russian-Turkish joint commission set up to monitor ceasefire violations in Syria reported three ceasefire violations in Damascus province. Turkish officers reported 11 ceasefire violations, but the Russian side found no confirmation to any of them.

The nationwide ceasefire came into force across Syria at midnight on December 30, 2016 under the agreement on a complex solution to the Syria crisis. Syrian government forces and groups of armed opposition with an overall strength of more than 60,000 have joined the agreement. Russia and Turkey act as the ceasefire guarantors. Ceasefire does not cover terrorist groups, such as Islamic State.

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