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Three ceasefire violations registered in Syria in 24 hours — Russian defense ministry

June 11, 1:04 UTC+3
The Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force have not delivered air strikes at the opposition paramilitary units
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MOSCOW, June 10 /TASS/. The regime of cessation of hostilities has been observed in most Syrian provinces over the past 24 hours. Three truce violations occurred in Damascus province, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its regular daily news bulletin posted on the Russia defense ministry’s website on Friday.

"The armed units, which are affiliating themselves with the Jaish al-islam opposition group have shelled from mortar launchers the Syrian army positions in the Arbil populated locality. They have also shelled the Harasta el Basal settlement twice," the news bulletin said.

The Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force have not delivered air strikes at the opposition paramilitary units, which have accepted the ceasefire conditions and had informed the Russian or American reconciliation centers about their location.

Reconciliation of the conflicting parties

"Reconciliation agreements were signed with representatives of two settlements in the province of Homs," the center said. Thus, the number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 142.

"Talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were continued with field commanders of armed opposition groups in the provinces of Damascus, Hama and al-Quneitra. "The number illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 60," the bulletin said.

Terrorist attacks

"During the day, terrorists conducted fire from multiple missile launcher systems and mortars at the settlements of Rasha and Kellaz in the province of Latakia, the settlement of Mahardah in the province of Hama, the settlements of Bleliye, Haush Harabu and Marj-Sultan in the province of Damascus, and at positions of Syrian government forces near the settlements of Ashrafiya and Ard al-Jaburin in the province of Homs," the bulletin says.

In the province of Aleppo, the settlements of Handrat and Khalasa, Aleppo’s districts of Sheikh Maksoud and Meydan, the al-Nayrab airport and the territory of an artillery school in the al-Ramusi district came under shelling from multiple missile launcher systems and mortars.

"One child was killed and eight civilians were wounded in indiscriminate mortar shelling of the Sheikh Maksoud district in the past night. Five residential houses were damaged," the center said.

According to local residents, big armed groups of Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were concentrating near the settlements of Bshantara and Kfar Besin. Convoys of armored vehicles and heavy-duty trucks were seen moving from the settlements of Dar-Taiz, Jabal-Qabtan and Baitarun to al-Zahra.

"Syrian government troops repelled terrorist attacks in the settlement of Ansar in Aleppo’s southern suburb," the bulletin said.

The regime of silence that was imposed till 24:00 on June 11, 2016 is still in force in the settlements of Fua and Kafer Haya in the province of Idlib, and the settlements of Zebedani and Madaya in the province of Damascus.

Humanitarian aid to population

According to the Russian reconciliation, more humanitarian convoys are being formed for Syrian people.

Four tons of humanitarian cargoes, primarily food products, were delivered to the settlements of Meshefra in the province of Homs and Kafer Akid in the province of Hama.

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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