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Russia announces ceasefire in northwest Syria

Moscow has announced a ceasefire in Syrias northwestern Idlib province after weeks of intensified rocket fire and air strikes by regime and Russian forces.

“At Russias 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 Wednesday.

“As a result, a significant reduction has been observed in the number of bombardments by illegal groups,” said the centre, which is operated by Russias 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.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said Monday that 25 civilians including seven children had been killed in recent strikes, with more than 360 civilians killed since the end of April.

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