Militants Shell Towns in Syria's Aleppo, Russian Military Says
00:07 GMT 20.08.2020
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Militants from the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham* terrorist group have attacked a settlement in the Syrian province of Aleppo, Rear Admiral Alexander Shcherbitsky, the head of the Russian Defence Ministry's centre for Syrian reconciliation, said on Wednesday.
"We have registered one attack on the settlement of Basratun in the Aleppo province from the positions of Jabhat al-Nusra* terrorist organization", Shcherbitsky said.
The rear admiral added that Russian military police units had also conducted patrols in the provinces of Raqqa, Hasakah, and Deir Ez-Zor.
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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