The Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria announced that unknown militants had shelled several government-held areas in the governorates of Aleppo and Lattakia on October 19 in a clear violation of the Russian-Turkish deconfliction agreement.
“The Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides urges leaders of illegal armed formations operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone to cease hostilities and move towards peaceful settlement of the situation in areas they occupy,” the center’s statement reads.
The attack in Lattakia, which took place in its northern countryside, was clearly carried out by one of the radical groups operting there. However, the shelling of the city of Aleppo and several areas north of it was likely carried out by Turkish-backed militants.
The militants are currently violating the deconfliction agreement on almost a daily basis, in what appears to be an attempt to sabotage the deal. A day earlier, two civilians were reportedly killed in a rocket attack on Aleppo.
Russia and Turkey have extended the timeline of the agreement in a serious attempt to save it. However, the continued violations may provoke a military response and further escalation.