ISIL, Jabhat Fatah al Sham shell cities in Syria

MOSCOW, Sep. 22 (MNA) – Terrorists have shelled cities in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Damascus and Homs.

Members of ISIL (also known as Daesh) and the Jabhat Fatah al Sham (also known as Jabhat al-Nusra, or al-Nusra Front) radical groups have shelled cities in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Damascus and Homs, the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation at the Hmeymim airbase said in a statement.

"The formations of terrorist organizations Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIL continue to hinder the establishment of the ceasefire regime [in Syria]," the statement, published by the Russian Defense Ministry, says.

Syria has been mired in war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting a number of opposition factions and extremist groups, such as ISIL and Jabhat Fatah al Sham, both of which are banned in Russia and a range of other countries.

On September 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry presented a new plan to regulate the conflict in Syria, which included a new ceasefire that came into force on September 12. On Wednesday, Lavrov stressed that the September 16 attacks by US-led coalition forces on Syrian army positions at a military airport near Deir ez-Zor were a flagrant violation of the ceasefire agreement. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the new ceasefire in Syria has been strictly adhered to only by the Syrian government forces.


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