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    Over 50 Armed Opposition Groups Join Truce Regime in Syria - Russian MoD

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    Some 7,000 fighters have put down arms and joined the ceasefire agreement in Syria over the last two months, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

    LATAKIA (Sputnik) – More than 50 armed opposition groups, numbering approximately 7,000 individuals, in Syria have joined the cessation of hostilities agreement over the last two months, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.

    "These are not the final numbers since thanks to the hard and dangerous work by the representatives of the Syrian authorities the process of reconciliation is gaining momentum. Besides its important role in stabilizing the situation in Syria itself, it is a catalyzer in the negotiations in Geneva," Konashenkov told journalists.

    The ceasefire in Syria, worked out by Russia and the United States, took effect on February 27 with terrorist groups such as Daesh and al-Nusra Front not being part of the agreement.

    Russia and the United States brokered a "silent" period last Thursday to be implemented for 24 hours in the Damascus’ suburbs and for 72 hours in the northern Latakia province, starting at midnight on April 30.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition groups, including the Western-backed allegedly moderate factions, as well as terrorist formations.


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