Intense Russian air strikes on rebel bastions ahead of ceasefire

Russian servicemen prepare a Russian Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet before a mission at the Russian Hmeimim military base in Latakia province, northwest SyriaRussian warplanes carried out intense air strikes on rebel strongholds in Syria on Friday hours before a ceasefire was due to come into force, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. Russia dismissed the reports and said it was continuing strikes on “terrorist organisations” ahead of the truce. The partial ceasefire between regime forces and non-jihadist rebel fighters is due to take effect at midnight Friday (2200 GMT) Damascus time.

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