Russia in Favor of Extending the Truce in Syria

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Russia is in favor of extending by 48 hours the cease-fire that went into effect on Monday between the fighting forces in Syria. The cease-fire is supposed to expire today, announced Wednesday the General Viktor Poznikhir, member of the Russian General Staff.

Russia is in favor of a further extension of the 48-hour cease-fire across Syria, he said at a news briefing, quoted by Russian news agencies.

The officer added that Russian aircraft had bombed Tuesday night positions of the jihadist organization Islamic State (ISIS) north of Palmyra, the first strike claimed by Russia since the beginning of the truce which excluded ISIS and the group Front Fateh al-Sham (ex-Front al-Nosra, the Syrian branch of al Qaeda).

We have found that the cease-fire is not fully implemented. Currently, the number of violations (by) the rebels was 60, said that general.

A cease-fire between Syrian rebels and the army of Damascus took effect Monday 7:00 p.m. local under an agreement between Russians and Americans respective supporters of the regime and the rebels.

The first 48 hours of cease-fire are set to expire today at 7:00 p.m. local. Moscow had said late last week that the truce, if it was enforced, could be renewed again for another 48 hour period.

The cessation of fighting should allow the entrance of emergency humanitarian aid to hundreds of thousands of people living in the besieged areas, including the rebellious part of Aleppo.

Moscow and Washington are seeking through the truce to facilitate a resumption of negotiations between regime and rebels to end the conflict, which has killed more than 300,000 people in five years, according to a report released Tuesday by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

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