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    According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the number of settlements that have joined the Syrian truce has increased to 1,162.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The number of settlements that have joined the cessation of hostilities in war-torn Syria has increased to 1,162, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

    "Within the last 24 hours, truce agreements have been reached with representatives of seven settlements in Damascus [4], and Hama [3] provinces, bringing the total number of settlements that have joined the ceasefire to 1,162," the ministry said in a daily bulletin posted on its website.

    According to the document, negotiations on joining ceasefire regime have continued with field commanders of armed opposition units operating in Damascus, Homs, Hama, Quneitra, and Aleppo provinces.

    At the same time, Russian representatives in the Russian-Turkish commission on the Syrian truce have registered six violations of the ceasefire regime over the past 24 hours.

    "The Russian part of the joint Russian-Turkish commission on issues related to violations of the Joint Agreement has registered 6 violations over the past 24 hours in Latakia [3], and Hama [3] provinces," the ministry's Center for Syrian reconciliation said in a daily bulletin.

    "The Turkish side has registered 9 violations: three in Damascus, two in Homs, two in Aleppo, one in Idlib and one in Latakia provinces," the bulletin said.

    According to the document, the Russian side cannot confirm any violations registered by Turkey.

    Russia and Turkey are the guarantors of a nationwide Syrian ceasefire that came into force on December 30, and has been holding up in general, despite continued reports of violations. The UN Security Council passed a resolution in December supporting the effort.


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