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Russia, Syria Attacked No Opposition Groups Party to Ceasefire

Sputnik News

18:41 08.03.2016(updated 18:59 08.03.2016)

According to Russian Defense Ministry, Russian and Syrian air forces have conducted no airstrikes on opposition groups which had joined the Syrian ceasefire.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian and Syrian air forces have conducted no airstrikes on opposition groups which had joined the Syrian ceasefire and informed Russian and US reconciliation centers about their location, Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said in a bulletin published on the Russian Defense Ministry's website Tuesday.

"The Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force have not conducted any airstrikes on armed opposition groups, who have declared the cessation of hostilities and reported their whereabouts to a Russian or US reconciliation center," the statement said.

Over 400 delegates from dozens of communities across Syria's Hama province have gathered to take part in Syria's national reconciliation talks, agreeing to uphold the ongoing ceasefire in the country, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

'Participants of national reconciliation met in the Hama province at the governor's initiative and with widespread support among the population. Over 400 delegates representing 82 communities have affirmed the need to preserve Syria's unity by abandoning arms and establishing an intra-Syrian political dialogue,' the ministry said, quoting the Russian center on Syrian reconciliation operating at the Hmeimim air base in Latakia.

A US-Russia-brokered ceasefire came into force on February 27 across Syria. It was supported by Damascus, as well as by dozens of opposition groups on the ground. The Islamic State and the Nusra Front, both outlawed in Russia, are not part of the deal.

Sputnik



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