Militants Shell Localities in Syria’s Idlib, Aleppo Provinces, Russian Military Says

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham* terrorist group has attacked settlements in Syria’s provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, Rear Admiral Alexander Shcherbitsky, the head of the Russian Defence Ministry’s centre for Syrian reconciliation, said at a briefing.

“We have registered two attacks on the settlements of Urum al-Kubra in the province of Aleppo, and Mellaja in the province of Idlib from the direction of the positions of the Jabhat al-Nusra* organization”, Shcherbitsky said.

The Russian military police conducted patrols in the provinces of Aleppo, Raqqa, and Hasakah, he added.

On 3 August, militants tried to break through the positions of the Syrian army in the area of ​​the village of Hamrat in Idlib province but sustained losses and were repelled.

On 5 March, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed on a ceasefire in Idlib, which started at midnight. The sides also agreed to create a security corridor six kilometres (3.7 miles) north and south of the M4 highway in Syria, which connects the provinces of Latakia and Aleppo.

Militants remain in control of a small pocket of Idlib province in northwest Syria.

*Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra) is a terrorist organization banned in Russia and many other countries.

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