508 breaches of cessation of hostilities, 99 towns part of the agreement

Lattakia, SANA – Terrorist organizations breached the cessation of hostilities agreement in Syria twice in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of breaches to 508 since last February, the Russian Coordination Center said.

The cessation of hostilities agreement, which came into effect on 27 February, does not include Jabhat al-Nusra, ISIS and other groups listed by the UN as terrorist organizations.

The Russian Coordination Center, based in Hemeimim airbase in Lattakia, said in a statement on Tuesday that 2 breaches were observed: one in Aleppo and the other in Lattakia.

It explained that terrorists of the so-called “Ahrar al-Sham” fired mortar shells on military positions in Abu Rishe village in Lattakia and terrorists of the so-called “Jaish al-Islam” shelled military posts in al-Zahraa neighborhood in Aleppo with mortar rounds.

On Monday, the General Command of the Army and Armed Forces extended truce in Aleppo and Lattakia for 48 hours to enter into force as of 01:00 Tuesday, 10 May 2016 till 24:00 Wednesday, 11 May 2016.

On the other hand, the Russian Center indicated that the number of towns that have joined the cessation of hostilities agreement reached 99, while the number of armed groups committed to it is 53.

Meanwhile, terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra continued their attacks against military positions in the surroundings of Aleppo city, the Center mentioned, adding that those targeted al-Sheikh Maqsoud, al-Midan neighborhoods, al-Nairab military airport and Handarat Refugee Camp with mortar rounds on Tuesday.

Barry/H. Said

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