Russia: We’ve stopped airstrikes as part of truce

The Russian military has halted airstrikes in areas of Syria as part of a cessation of hostilities agreement, state media reported Saturday. But sporadic violence between militants and some rebel groups was reported around the country — although it appeared to have diminished significantly.

Russia has stopped attacks on armed groups included in the temporary truce, defense ministry official Sergei Rudskoi said.

Terrorist groups involved in the clashes, including ISIS and al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, are not part of the truce agreement. Multiple shells hit Syrian capital Saturday, the government-run news agency reported.

The shelling came from rebel-controlled neighborhoods in the capital, a military source told the news agency.

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