Russia says Syrian regime respecting truce, 23 rebel violations

A UN peacekeeper monitors the border with Syria near the village of Majdal Shams in the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on Sept 13, 2016.
A UN peacekeeper monitors the border with Syria near the village of Majdal Shams in the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on Sept 13, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia on Tuesday (Sept 13) said Syrian regime forces were fully respecting a ceasefire but rebel fighters had violated it some 23 times.

"Syrian government troops have completely stopped firing, with the exception of areas where Islamic State and Jabhat Al-Nusra fighters are active," senior Russian military officer Viktor Poznikhir said in a televised briefing, adding that "moderate opposition" forces had fired 23 times at residential areas and regime positions.