20 Dec 2017 12:13

Russia sees 8 ceasefire breaches in Syria, Turkey 5 in past 24 hours

MOSCOW. Dec 20 (Interfax-AVN) - All has been stable in Syria's de-escalation areas in the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The situation has been stable in the de-escalation areas. Russian members of the joint Russian-Turkish commission investigating ceasefire breaches have seen eight violations in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Homs, and Damascus," the ministry said.

Their Turkish colleagues observed five shooting incidents in the provinces of Idlib, Latakia, and Damascus.

"Most cases of random small-arms fire occurred in areas held by the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group (banned in Russia)," the ministry said.

One ceasefire agreement was signed over the day with the town of Tell al-Naga in the Homs province. The number of populated localities involved in the reconciliation process has thus grown to 2,312.

Ceasefire negotiations continued with armed opposition units in the provinces of Aleppo, Hama, Homs, Damascus, and al-Quneitra.