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Syria: Millitants violate ceasefire, continue heavy shelling despite Ramadan

  Updated: Jun 7, 2016 15:37 IST

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Damascus: Despite the holy month of Ramadan, terrorists in Syria continue indiscriminate intense fire on Syrian troops, Kurdish militia and residential quarters of the city of Aleppo, using everything in their vast arsenal of artillery, reports said.

“The number of victims among the civilians is only growing,” reported the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic.

“Terrorists of Al-Nusra Front have performed strikes with MLRS and mortars against Karasy and al-Hamra inhabited areas, Sheikh Maqsood, Hamdaniya, Meidan, al-Halidyah, al-Amriyah quarters and Al-Nayrab airport in the city of Aleppo,” the centre reports.

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According to the centre, Aleppo’s district of Makanis al-Duvairi has suffered a massive artillery strike delivered from the village of Kafr Hamrah, northwest of Aleppo.

“Long-lasting shelling was conducted using MLRS systems, artillery, mortars and anti-aircraft guns,” the centre said.

Although the holy month of Ramadan has begun on Monday, terrorist groups continue violation of the ceasefire agreement that came into force on 27 February.

Syrian government forces and the anti-terrorist coalition units have continued fighting Al-Nusra Front and IS fighters across the country, securing strategic points in Homs countryside.

The Syrian army, backed by Russian airstrikes, has carried out assault operations against IS positions as battle is now raging for the town of Tabqa, 40km west of the city of Raqqa.

Russian Air Force planes have destroyed four terrorist-controlled illegal oil production facilities located in the Raqqa and Homs provinces, the center reports.

Moscow will provide "the most active" air support for Syrian ground troops in and around Aleppo to prevent terrorists from seizing it, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated on Monday.

“We will decide on how our air forces should act, depending on the situation,” Lavrov said in a media conference following talks with his Finnish counterpart. “This will not be a surprise for the Americans.”

The Russian side reports that three areas of Latakia province have been shelled by Al-Nusra Front fighters. The group has also been active in Idlib and Hama provinces.

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