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Militants Continue Shelling Settlements in Syria's North, Russian Military Says

Sputnik News

03:06 GMT 24.07.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham* terrorist group shelled settlements in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Idlib, and Latakia, the head of the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation said at a daily briefing on Thursday.

"We have registered one shelling of the Kuhbaniya settlement in the Latakia province, one shelling of the Urum al-Sughra settlement in the Aleppo province, and one shelling of the Bsakla settlement, one shelling of the Tell Mardih settlement, one shelling of the Hantoutine settlement and one shelling of the Maarat-Mouhos in the Idlib province – coming from positions of the Nusra* terrorists", Rear Admiral Alexander Shcherbitsky said.

The Russian military specified that no firing was recorded in the Idlib de-escalation zone by Turkish-controlled armed groups over the past 24 hours.

As per the 2019 Russian-Turkish memorandum, forces of the two countries have conducted joint patrolling in the Hasakah province.

Additionally, the Russian military police have continued patrolling in the province of Aleppo, while the air force conducted aerial patrolling in the target areas.

On 5 March, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed on a ceasefire in Idlib, which started at midnight. The sides also agreed to create a security corridor six kilometres (3.7 miles) north and south of the M4 highway in Syria, which connects the provinces of Latakia and Aleppo. In addition, Moscow and Ankara agreed to jointly patrol the M4 highway.

Militants remain in control of a small pocket of the Idlib province in northwest Syria.

*Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra) is a terrorist organization banned in Russia and many other countries.

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