Russian officials in the Russian-Turkish joint commission, set up to monitor ceasefire violations in Syria, have reported 12 breaches of the nationwide ceasefire in the past 24 hours.
The Russian center for reconciliation of warring sides in Syria said in its daily news bulletin on Wednesday that five episodes of shelling were registered in the Latakia region, four in the Hama region and another three in Damascus. The commission’s Turkish officials registered 27 violations, with nine of them in the Idlib region, five in Damascus, four in Hama, three in Aleppo, three in Homs, two in Daraa, and one in Quneitra, the center said.
“The established facts of ceasefire violations are being investigated and steps are taken to prevent such cases in the future,” the bulletin said. “As a result of purposeful work, there has been a downward trend in the number of mutual violations and an upward trend in confidence among the warring sides.”
The nationwide ceasefire came into force across Syria at midnight on December 30, 2016 under the agreement on a complex solution to the Syria crisis. Some armed opposition groups agreed to the ceasefire.