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Russian planes in first Syria strikes since truce

Russia carried out airstrikes on extremist targets in north-western Syria on Tuesday (September 10th) for the first time since it declared a truce on August 31st, AFP reported.

The truce, which brought a halt to four months of devastating air and artillery bombardment by the Syrian government and its Russian ally, had held despite persistent skirmishes on the ground.

"Russian aircraft carried out two strikes on positions held by extremist groups in the Kabani district of Latakia province which borders Idlib,"said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

He said it was unclear whether the strikes were a one-off or heralded the breakdown of the latest truce.

It is the second such agreement between the Syrian government and extremists since August 1st. The previous one collapsed after just a few days.

Extremist alliance Tahrir al-Sham controls most of Idlib as well as parts of neighbouring Aleppo and Latakia provinces.

The region of some three million people is one of the last holdouts of opposition to forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

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