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Seven breaches of ceasefire registered over past 24 hours - Russia’s Defense Ministry

March 08, 19:05 UTC+3
The Shiekh Maqsood residential district in the city of Aleppo came under shelling
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MOSCOW, March 8. /TASS/. The ceasefire has been violated seven times over the past 24 hours in Syria, the Russian Reconciliation Center said on Tuesday in a report posted on the Defense Ministry’s website.

"Over the past 24 hours the ceasefire has been violated seven times (four cases - in Aleppo, two - in Idlib and one - in Latakia)," the report said. "The Shiekh Maqsood residential district in the city of Aleppo came under shelling."

In the towns of Fua and Kafer-Haya (Idlib province) five local residents sustained injuries in mortar shelling.

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.

Besides, the report said that over the past 24 hours ceasefire agreements had been reached with the commanders of another two detachments, fighting in the Damascus province and numbering nearly 300.

"Thus, a total of illegal armed units, which announced their commitment to undertaking and fulfilling the conditions needed for a cessation of hostilities, has amounted to 37," the center’s report said.

The number of residential localities which heads signed the ceasefire agreements has remained unchanged - 42.

"In the Hama province a rally of people’s reconciliation initiated by the governor and supported by the population has taken place," the report said.

"More than 400 delegates from 82 localities announced the necessity to preserve Syria’s unity through the cessation of hostilities and the start of a nationwide political dialog," it said.

On February 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama adopted a joint statement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria on February 27, obliging both sides to influence different political forces in the country to achieve a ceasefire.

The statement points out that the cessation of hostilities is to be applied to all parties to the Syrian conflict but for Daesh (the Arabic acronym for Islamic State) and Jabhat al-Nusra (both are banned in Russia) "or other terrorist organizations designated by the UN Security Council." The strikes on these groups will be continued.

On February 23, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced the creation of a coordination center at the Russian Khmeimim air base with the aim to reconcile the warring sides within Syria. 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 deliveries of humanitarian aid.

Russia’s aviation grouping has been delivering air strikes against the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria since September 30 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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