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MAJOR: JIHADISTS BREAK CEASEFIRE IN IDLIB

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FRN has been made aware of the recent major development out of Idlib, Syria. The Russian Reconciliation Center said on Saturday it had registered violations of the ceasefire regime in different areas of the Idlib de-escalation zone in northwest Syria.

“Insurgents have attacked the following cities during the last day: Rasha, Nahshabba, Ikko, Latakia province, and the outskirts of the western city of Aleppo (twice),” said Lieutenant General Vladimir Savchenko, head of the center.

According to the military, adequate medical assistance was provided to 47 Syrian citizens in the last 24 hours, including 31 children.

Syria has been in a state of war since 2011, with forces loyal to the state and government battling numerous opposition groups and armed militant and terrorist organizations. Russia, along with Turkey and Iran, is a guarantor of the ceasefire regime in Syria as well as one of those responsible for providing humanitarian aid to the residents of the crisis-hit country.

This comes as France emphasized the need to respect the agreement to create a demilitarized zone in the Syrian province of Idlib, closed between Turkey and Russia in Sochi, and calls for the Syrian Constitutional Committee to be launched as soon as possible, said French Foreign Ministry on Friday.

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The agreement reached by the presidents of Russia and Turkey in Sochi in September provides for the creation of a demilitarized zone in Idlib province from 15 October.

“France calls on all sides, including the Damascus regime and its allies, to fully comply with the Sochi agreement,” the ministry spokesman told reporters.

The Paris diplomacy chief also said he wanted the rapid implementation of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, which was set up under the care of the UN. The decision to create the constitutional committee was taken at the Syrian National Dialogue Dialogue held in Sochi in January this year.

According to the UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, the committee, which intends to facilitate the process of ending the conflict in the country, will be composed of representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition, as well as a group of Syrian experts, members of civil society, tribal leaders, women and also independent members.

France is aligned with the United States and the United Kingdom on the Syrian issue and participated in bombings against Syrian government positions earlier this year. At the time, a climate of tension with Russia and the government of Damascus preceded the attacks after alleged charges of use of chemical weapons by the regime of Assad.

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