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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone continues to deteriorate as the illegal armed groups operating in the area violated the ceasefire regime 46 times in the past 24 hours, the head of the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation said Thursday.

    "We continue to note a sharp deterioration of the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone. The number of shellings by illegal armed groups continues to increase. A total of 46 shellings were registered in the past 24 hours," Maj. Gen. Alexei Bakin said at a daily briefing.

    According to Bakin, 2 Syrian army soldiers were killed and 13 soldiers were wounded. In addition, 5 civilians were injured in the shellings.

    The Russian centre registered 42 violations of ceasefire by militants on August 7.

    Russia, Turkey and Iran are the guarantors of the ceasefire in the conflict-affected Syria. Russia carries out humanitarian operations across the country on a regular basis and helps Damascus in providing safe passage for the return of Syrian refugees. According to the UN Refugee Agency data, about 5.6 million Syrian refugees have fled to neighbouring states and beyond since 2011, while millions more remain displaced inside Syria.


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