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Tue Aug 30 05:14:58 SAST 2016

Russia has begun 'humanitarian operations' in Syria: defence ministry

AFP | 15 January, 2016 13:23
Syrian refugees fleeing the violence in their country, walk with their families after crossing into Jordanian territory, near the town of Ruwaished, at the Hadalat area, east of the capital Amman, January 14, 2016 File photo
Image by: MUHAMMAD HAMED / REUTERS

Russia said it had launched "humanitarian operations" in Syria, claiming peaceful life was slowly returning to the war-torn country following Moscow's bombing campaign against the Islamic State group.

"The inhabitants are gradually coming back to Syrian cities and peaceful life is returning," General Sergei Rudskoi, a senior Russian General Staff official, told reporters.

"In this context, the implementation of humanitarian operations will be a new line of work for the Russian armed forces in Syria."

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