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Ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib goes into effect


Beirut – A ceasefire agreed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan has gone into effect in Syria’s north-western Idlib region, activists and a monitoring group said.

The Britain-based Syrian for Human Rights said shortly after midnight that cautious calm was prevailing on major fronts in Idlib.

An activist who lives in Idlib city also told dpa shortly after the ceasefire came into effect the situation was calm on all fronts around the city.

Shortly before midnight, activists and the Observatory said airstrikes by Russian warplanes and shelling by government forces was targeting the countryside of Idlib and areas in the western countryside of Hama.

A Turkish drone also struck Syrian government forces posts in the countryside of Idlib, the Observatory added.

Syrian government shelling before Midnight on al Naireb, west of the city of Saraqeb killed two Turkish soldiers, the Observatory said.

There was no immediate confirmation from the Turkish side on the killing of the two of its soldiers.


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