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Russia registers 6 ceasefire violations in Syria in past 24 hours

Russia registered a total of six ceasefire breaches in three Syrian provinces in the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said Sunday.

The violations were recorded in provinces of Aleppo (1), Hama (4), and Latakia (1), the ministry said in a daily bulletin.

The Turkish party has registered 4 cases of ceasefire violations in the province of Damascus during the same period of time, the document added.

Both Russia and Turkey are guarantors of a nationwide Syrian ceasefire regime which came into force on December 30, 2016.

So far, a total of 2,202 inhabited areas have signed reconciliation agreements, the ministry said.

According to the bulletin, the situation in the de-escalation zones continued to be assessed as stable.

On May 4, Russia, Iran and Turkey, mediators for the Astana peace talks for a political settlement of the Syrian crisis, signed a memorandum on the creation of four de-escalation zones in Syria, which are guaranteed to be free of battles and airstrikes for six months. The agreement went into force on May 6.

Earlier this month, a third de-escalation zone with a population of more than 147,000 people in Syria began functioning based on an agreement reached between the Russian military and moderate Syrian opposition.

[Source: Xinhua, Moscow, 20Aug17]

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