04:39 GMT15 April 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Two humanitarian corridors in Syria have been blocked after militant groups shelled the routes for the safe crossing of civilians, the Syrian state-run news agency, SANA, reported on Tuesday.

    According to the media outlet, militants attacked humanitarian corridors in the Saraqib region of Idlib province and Al-Bab city in northeastern Aleppo.

    The Syrian government has regained control over most of the territories that were seized by terrorists in late 2017, however, anti-terror operations still continue in a number of areas. Idlib, in particular, is the last stronghold of militants in the country, as parts of the province are controlled by Tahrir al-Sham, formerly known as the Nusra Front terrorist organization*.

    Terrorists Carry Out 41 Attacks on Syria's Idlib De-escalation Zone

    The Jabhat al-Nusra shelled Syria's Idlib de-escalation zone 41 times over the past 24 hours, Rear Adm. Alexander Karpov, deputy head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, said at a briefing.

    "Forty-one shelling attacks from the positions of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group were registered in the Idlib de-escalation zone... in the provinces of Idlib (21 attacks), Latakia (12), Aleppo (4) and Hama (4)," Rear Adm. Karpov said.

    He said the number of attacks according to the Syrian side's data totaled 34.

    Rear Adm. Karpov said no shelling on the part of 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 the Raqqa and al-Hasakah provinces.

    The Russian Defense Ministry's Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides and Control over the Movement of Refugees in the Syrian Arab Republic was created in February 2016. The center's tasks include the signing of agreements on illegal armed groups and individual settlements joining the regime of cessation of hostilities, as well as coordinating the delivery of humanitarian aid.

    *Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra) is a terrorist group outlawed in Russia and many other states.


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