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    Nusra Front Shelled Syrian Settlements, Tried to Seize Towns

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    The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation at the Hmeymim airbase registered a total of five violations of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian city of Aleppo in the past 24 hours, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Nusra Front terrorist group shelled the Syrian settlement of Handrat and Aleppo's district of Sheikh Maqsood as well as tried to seize control of Ayn Daqnah and Mennah towns, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Sunday.

    "Militants of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group [banned in Russia] were shelling the settlements of Handrat and Sheikh Maqsood district in the city of Aleppo. In addition, to establish control over the road connecting the cities of Aleppo and Azaz, the terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra attempted to capture the settlements of Ayn Daqnah and Mennah but after suffering losses in the course of the battle, retreated to their original positions," the statement said.

    The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation at the Hmeymim airbase registered a total of five violations of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian city of Aleppo in the past 24 hours, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

    "The cessation of hostilities in Syria has been respected in most of the Syrian provinces. However, a total of five violations [of the ceasefire regime] by the groups considering themselves opposition, have been registered in the city of Aleppo," the bulletin said.

    The ceasefire in Syria, worked out by Russia and the United States, took effect on February 27, but does not include groups that have been designated as terrorist by the United Nations, including the Islamic State and the Nusra Front.


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