Russia announced a ceasefire of 48 hours in the city of Aleppo, in an attempt to calm the violence in Syrian cities.
A statement released by the Ministry of Defense of Russia late on Wednesday said: “At the initiative of Russia, a ‘regime of silence’ was introduced in Aleppo for 48 hours from 00:01 on 16 June (2100 GMT Wednesday) with l ‘ aim to reduce the level of armed violence and stabilize the situation, “he said.
The statement went on to accuse Al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorists to launch rocket attacks in various parts of the city, including a tank attack in parts of the Southwest. According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, heavy fighting broke out in the south of the city on Tuesday, killing a total of 70 people from all sides of the conflict.
The announcement came after US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Russia and Syria over the continuous clashes with the terrorists in the city. Syria is observing a cease-fire brokered by Russia and the United States, which came into force on 27 February.
The truce has been reached between the Syrian government and dozens of militant groups operating in the country. The cease-fire does not apply to the terrorist groups and al-Nusra Front Daesh.
However, renewed violence in some parts of Syria, especially around Aleppo, left the ceasefire in tatters in recent weeks and torpedoed the peace talks on the conflict.