18:38 GMT26 February 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group* shelled Syria's Idlib de-escalation zone 29 times over the past 24 hours, Rear Adm. Vyacheslav Sytnik, deputy head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, said at a briefing.

    "We registered 29 shelling attacks from the positions of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group in the Idlib de-escalation zone in the provinces of Idlib (13 attacks), Latakia (12), Aleppo (2) and Hama (2)," Rear Adm. Sytnik said.

    He said the number of attacks according to the Syrian side's data totaled 25.

    Rear Adm. Sytnik said no shelling by illegal armed groups controlled by Turkey had been registered in the past day.

    He said Russian military police units continued to escort civilian vehicles on the M4 highway between Raqqa and al-Hasakah provinces.

    *Jabhat al-Nusra (also known as Al-Nusra Front, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, or al-Qaeda in Syria) is a terrorist group outlawed in Russia and many other states


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