01:47 GMT06 August 2020
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    Terrorists have shelled cities in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Damascus and Homs.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Members of the Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh) and the Jabhat Fatah al Sham (also known as Jabhat al-Nusra, or al-Nusra Front) radical groups have shelled cities in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Damascus and Homs, the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation at the Hmeymim airbase said in a statement.

    "The formations of terrorist organizations Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS [Daesh] continue to hinder the establishment of the ceasefire regime [in Syria]," the statement, published by the Russian Defense Ministry, says.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting a number of opposition factions and extremist groups, such as Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al Sham, both of which are banned in Russia and a range of other countries.

    On September 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry presented a new plan to regulate the conflict in Syria, which included a new ceasefire that came into force on September 12.

    On Wednesday, Lavrov stressed that the September 16 attacks by US-led coalition forces on Syrian army positions at a military airport near Deir ez-Zor were a flagrant violation of the ceasefire agreement. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the new ceasefire in Syria has been strictly adhered to only by the Syrian government forces.


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