After weeks of intensified rocket fire and air strikesMOSCOW: Moscow has announced a ceasefire in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province after weeks of intensified rocket fire and air strikes by regime and Russian forces. “At Russia’s initiative, with the mediation of Turkey and Russia, a ceasefire agreement was concluded in the Idlib de-escalation zone as of midnight on June 12,” the Russian Reconciliation Centre for Syria said in a statement late on Wednesday. Syrian forces have called ceasefire in Idlib: Russia“As a result, a significant reduction has been observed in the number of bombardments by illegal groups,” said the centre, which is operated by Russia’s armed forces. Idlib, the last major area of Syria outside government control, has faced intense regime bombardment in recent weeks, despite a months-old buffer zone deal. Erdogan accuses Syria regime of undermining Turkey-Russia dealSyria’s war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with the repression of anti-government protests.
Source: The Express Tribune June 13, 2019 09:00 UTC