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Iranian Official Calls for Attention to Ceasefire Violations in Syria

© Sputnik / Mikhail Alayeddin / Go to the photo bankAmbulances in a liberated neighborhood of eastern Aleppo, Syria
Ambulances in a liberated neighborhood of eastern Aleppo, Syria - Sputnik International
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC)Ali Shamkhani has called on world powers to "harshly respond" to actors that are trying to hamper the evacuation of civilians from Syria's Aleppo.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The international community should react to the blatant violation of the Aleppo evacuation agreement and take action to prepare assistance to civilians besieged in Aleppo and the surrounding areas, Shamkhani said in a statement.

"The ground should be prepared rapidly for the wounded and the elderly to leave Fua'a and Kafraya regions (in Idlib) and the international community should harshly respond and react to any group that rock the boat," Shamkhani said on Wednesday, as quoted by Iran's Fars News (FNA).

According to the news agency, Shamkhani stressed that continued efforts to evacuate Syrian civilians can be made with immediate action against Daesh terrorist group.

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"Instead of partial resolutions and statements, serious resolve is needed to block shipment of weapons, forces and financial aid to (the terrorists) in Syria" Shamkhani said.

Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting against numerous opposition and terrorist groups, such as the Jabhat Fatah al Sham and Daesh, both outlawed in Russia.

On December 16, the Russian Defense Ministry's center for Syrian reconciliation said that the Syrian army operation to liberate the eastern neighborhoods of the Syrian city of Aleppo was over, and that Syrian government troops were eliminating separate hotbeds of militant resistance.

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