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Syria: Militants violated ceasefire 25 times in 24 hour: Russia

ANI | August 14, 2019 01:54 AM
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Moscow [Russia], Aug 13 (ANI): Russia on Tuesday claimed that militants violated ceasefire 25 times in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Idlib and Latakia over the past 24 hours.

"Twenty-five shelling [attacks] by illegal armed groups were registered," the head of the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation Major General Alexei Bakin told reporters.

Bakin added that no humanitarian operations were carried out by the Russian military in the given period.

Syrian government early this month signed a truce in the northwestern region of Idlib on a condition that a Turkish-Russian buffer zone deal is implemented. Russia, Turkey and Iran are the guarantors of the ceasefire in the conflict-ravaged Syria.

Syria has been marred by civil war since 2011.

More than 370,000 people were killed and millions were displaced in Syria and abroad since the beginning of the Syrian war in March 2011.

The Russian-backed offensive has so far failed to make major inroads into rebel territory in northern Hama and southern Idlib provinces, where the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) is putting up fierce resistance in their last remaining bastion in Syria.

However, Moscow and the Syrian army have repeatedly denied allegations of indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas or any campaign to paralyse the daily life in rebel-held areas.

Russia has blamed the terrorist group for breaking a truce by hitting government-held areas and said Turkey has failed to live up to its obligations under a deal brokered last year which created a buffer zone in the area that obliges it to push out rebels.

According to the United Nations, nearly half of the estimated three million inhabitants in northwest Syria - including Idlib province and parts of neighbouring provinces - had already fled the fighting and moved to areas near the border with Turkey. (ANI)

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