Russia Says Registered 14 Syria Ceasefire Violations in Last 24 Hours

France and Britain call on Syrian government, Russia to immediately end attacks on Western-backed rebels.

In this frame grab made from the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, an artillery shell explodes about 150 meters away from a group of journalists in the Syrian village of Kinsibba, March 1, 2016.
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REUTERS - Russia's Defense Ministry said in a statement on Thursday it had registered 14 ceasefire violations in Syria over the past 24 hours.

The violations concerned the shelling of residential areas and Syrian government forces in the provinces of Damascus, Latakia, Hama and Deraa, it said. 

France and Britain called on the Syrian government and its Russian ally to immediately end attacks on Western-backed rebels, saying all sides had to fully implement a cessation of hostilities deal and allow unfettered access to besieged areas. 

"We ask all sides that are committing human rights violations, including Russia and the Syrian regime, to put an immediate end to the attacks against moderate opposition groups," a joint statement after a Franco-British summit said. 

It added that all attacks against civilians and medical personnel also had to stop and that the Syrian government and its allies should stop their "march to Aleppo, which compromised peace prospects and threatene to dramatically worsen the refugee crisis and benefit Islamic State." 

The two sides also called on Russia to use its influence on separatists in eastern Ukraine to stop the violence there and urged the Ukrainian government to unify its efforts to implement reforms.