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Russian Military: Syria Ceasefire Violated 23 Times by Militants
Russian Military: Syria Ceasefire Violated 23 Times by Militants
The so-called moderate rebel forces in Syria have violated the nationwide ceasefire on 23 occasions since it was put in place on Monday, the Russian military says. Six people died in Aleppo overnight while 10 others have been wounded.
The Syrian government is abiding by the ceasefire, Russian General Staff official Viktor Poznikhir said, RT reported.

"Syrian government forces have completely stopped [their] shelling, except for the areas occupied by ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] and al-Nusra Front [Fatah Al-Sham Front] militants. Unfortunately that can’t be said about the armed forces of the moderate opposition, backed by the United States,” he said.

US-backed rebel forces have shelled residential areas as well as Syrian Army positions, according to the Russian General Staff.

Six people died on Monday night following the shelling of Aleppo by the moderate opposition forces, with 10 others receiving injuries, Colonel Sergey Kopytsin from the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria said Tuesday.

The 48-hour ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia and the US came into effect on Monday at 7pm Damascus time (16:00 GMT). The Syrian Army later announced it will abide by an even longer term of seven days.