February 27, 2018 / 4:05 PM / 6 months ago

Russia says Syrian rebels started new offensives during ceasefire - Ifax

MOSCOW, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Russia’s military said on Tuesday that rebels in Syria’s eastern Ghouta started new offensives after midday, during a five-hour ceasefire, Interfax news agency reported citing a Russian general.

“The actions were accompanied by intensive artillery and gun fire,” Interfax quoted Yuri Yevtushenko, the head of the Russian reconciliation center in Syria, as saying. Russia unilaterally declared a ceasefire on Tuesday for 9am - 2pm (0700-1200 GMT).

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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