On October 18, militants violated shelled the city of Aleppo killing at least one civilian and causing material damage, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
A local source told SouthFront that over 40 rockets and mortar rounds hit the districts of al-Shahba, al-Zahra, al-Nile, Mugambo, al-Sabil and Halab al-Jadidah in the northern and western parts of Aleppo. According to the source, the shelling lasted for longer than usual.
Turkey claimed that all heavy weapons, including mortar canons and rocket launchers, had been withdrawn from the demilitarized zone, which covers Aleppo’s outskirts. However, the militants, including Turkish-backed elements, used such weapons to launch several attacks in the last two weeks.
These violations pose a serious threat to the deconflication agreement, which is already facing several complicated challenges. Earlier, a U.N. official revealed that Russia and Turkey will give more time for the implementation of the agreement. This will likely help to overcome many of these challenges.