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    Total of 188 Settlements Have Joined Syria Ceasefire - Russian Military

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    The number of settlements which agreed to join the Syrian ceasefire has increased to 188, Russian Center for reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria said on Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The negotiations with field commanders of the opposition groups are ongoing in the Arab country's provinces of Rif Dimashq, al-Quneitra, and al-Suwaida, the center added.

    "Within last 24 hours, truce agreement with representatives of 1 inhabited area in the Aleppo province has been achieved. The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 188," the center said in a bulletin posted by the Russian Defense Ministry on its website.

    Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups.

    The Russia-US brokered ceasefire regime in Syria came into force on February 27.

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