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Two ceasefire violations reported in Syria in past day - Russian reconciliation center

May 31, 2:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"Over the past day, two ceasefire violations were reported in the province of Damascus," the center said
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MOSCOW, May 31. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime has been generally observed in most of Syria’s provinces, with two violations reported in the provinces of Damascus in the past day, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its regular daily news bulletin posted on the Russian defense ministry’s website on Tuesday.

"Over the past day, two ceasefire violations were reported in the province of Damascus," the center said. "Groups constituting the Jaysh al-Islam organization which aligns itself with the opposition shelled the settlement of Harasta and the Ibn al-Walid health center in Damascus’ district of Dahiyat al-Assad from self-made artillery units and mortars."

"No air strikes were delivered by the Russian air group and the Syrian air force at armed opposition group which have declared cessation of hostilities and referred their coordinates to the Russian or U.S. reconciliation centers," the center said.

A ceasefire agreement was signed with representatives of one settlement in the province of Homs. The number of settlement joining the reconciliation process has reached 126. Talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities are continued with field commanders of opposition groups in the Syrian provinces of Damascus, Homs and Hama. The number illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 60.

A ceasefire regime brokered by Russia and the United States on February 22 officially came into effect in Syria at midnight Damascus time on February 27. This does not cover terrorist groups such as Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, both outlawed in Russia, and other groups recognized as terrorist by the United Nations Security Council.

An hour before the ceasefire came into force, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution in support cessation of hostilities in Syria. The document was initiated by Russia and the United States and won support from all the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council.

Humanitarian assistance

Syria’s population continues to receive humanitarian assistance, primarily food products and medicines.

"Officers of the Russian reconciliation center delivered 3.5 tons of humanitarian cargoes, mostly foods and medicines, to the settlement of Khan Urayniba in the Al-Quneitra province," the bulletin says.

Groups constituting the international terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra (outlawed in Russia) are continuing provocation aimed at disrupt the regime of cessation of hostilities, as follows from the bulletin.

"In the province of Aleppo, they used self-made artillery systems and mortars to shell the settlement of Handrat, the al-Nayrab airport and Aleppo’s districts of Sheikh Maksoud, Meidan and Al-Khalidiya. Apart from that, terrorists shelled the settlement of Rasha in the province of Latakia, the settlement of Haush Harabu in the province of Damascus and an airport in the province of Hama," the center said.

For two hours, Syrian government troops repelled Jabhat al-Nusra attacks near the settlement of Mukheim Handrat in the province of Aleppo. Terrorists retreated havinf sustained considerable losses.

A ceasefire regime brokered by Russia and the United States on February 22 officially came into effect in Syria at midnight Damascus time on February 27. This does not cover terrorist groups such as Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, both outlawed in Russia, and other groups recognized as terrorist by the United Nations Security Council.

An hour before the ceasefire came into force, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution in support cessation of hostilities in Syria. The document was initiated by Russia and the United States and won support from all the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council.

The Russian reconciliation center aims to assist armed groups in Syria in concluding ceasefire agreements, maintain the truce regime, control its observance and organize the delivery of humanitarian cargoes to civilians.

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