MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Islamic State (Daesh) and Al-Nusra Front terrorist groups shelled inhabited areas in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo and Damascus, a daily bulletin on the Russian Defense Ministry website said on Friday.
"Within last 24 hours, terrorists have shelled Tell Jobegja and Handrat inhabited areas, al-Zahraa, al-Khalidiyah, Leramon, and Sheikh Maqsood quarters in the Aleppo city with improvised artillery and mortars. Terrorists have also shelled following inhabited areas: Kabun, Haush al-Farah, Bahariyah, Huteita al-Jarash in the Damascus province," the bulletin said.
Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups. On February 27, a US-Russia brokered ceasefire came into force in Syria. Terrorist groups such as Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh), as well as Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front), both outlawed in Russia and a range of other states, are not part of the deal.
"The cessation of hostilities in Syria has been respected in most of Syrian provinces. However, a total of six violations of the ceasefire regime have been registered in Damascus (5) and Latakia (1) provinces," the ministry said in a daily bulletin.