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Militants Shell Localities in Syria's Aleppo Province, Russian Military Says

Sputnik News

00:59 GMT 18.08.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham* terrorist group has attacked settlements in Syria's Aleppo province, Rear Admiral Alexander Shcherbitsky, the head of the Russian Defence Ministry's Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, said at a briefing.

"We have registered three attacks on... settlements in the province of Aleppo from the direction of the positions of the Jabhat al-Nusra* terrorist organization", Shcherbitsky said.

He added that Russian military police units had conducted patrols in the provinces of Raqqa, Al Hasakah, and Deir ez-Zor.

On 17 August, Turkish troops were hit by an unidentified explosive device during the twenty-second joint patrol of the M4 highway by Turkish and Russian military.

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.

Militants remain in control of a small pocket of 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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