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Five ceasefire violations reported in Syria in past day

June 16, 0:26 UTC+3
Four violations were reported in the province of Damascus and one - in the province of al-Quneitra
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MOSCOW, June 16. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime has been generally observed in most of Syria’s provinces, with five violations reported 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 Wednesday.

"Five ceasefire violations were reported during the day: four violations in the province of Damascus and one - in the province of al-Quneitra. Units of the Jaysh al-Islam group which affiliates itself with the opposition opened mortar fire at positions of Syrian government forces in the settlements of Jobar, Haush al-Hayat, Harasta al-Basal and Arbil in the province of Damascus. The village of al-Khamadiya in the province of al-Quneitra came under shelling from multiple missile launcher systems and mortars," the center said.

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, according to the bulletin.

Reconciliation of conflicting parties

"During the day, reconciliation agreements were signed with representatives of two settlements in the provinces of Aleppo and Daraa. The Number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 150," the bulletin said.

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

Humanitarian aid

"Four tons of humanitarian cargoes, primarily food products and flour, have been delivered to low-income families in the settlement Tel Salhab in the province of Hama," the Russian center said.

A total of 18 tons of United Nations humanitarian cargoes, primarily food products and cereals, were delivered by a Russian Abakan Air plane to the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor besieged by Islamic State terrorists, as follows from the bulletin.

Terrorist attacks

A two-day regime of silence has been imposed in Syria’s Aleppo from Thursday at Russia’s initiative, 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 Wednesday.

"At the initiative of the Russia side, a 48-hour regime of silence has been imposed in the city of Aleppo from 00:01 a.m. local time on June 2016 in order to lower the level of armed violence and stabilize the situation," the bulletin said.

No violations of the regime of silence in the settlement of Darayya in Syria’s province of Damascus in place till 24:00 on June 15 have been registered in the past day.

"Groups constituting the international terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra continue attempts to break down the regime of cessation of hostilities in the province of Aleppo. During the day, militants conducted fire from multiple missile launcher systems and mortars at the settlement of Handrat and the al-Nayrab airport, and at Aleppo’s districts of al_ramusi, Skeikh Maksoud, al-Khalidiya, al-Zahra, al-Maydan, and Salah al-Din," the bulletin said.

Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham militarized groups attacked positions of the Syrian army near the settlements of Zaitan and Khalasa southwest of Aleppo. Terrorists were using tanks, armored infantry carriers and car bombs. The Syrian army jointly with militia forces continue defense actions near there settlements.

"Terrorists conducted fire from mortars and multiple missile launcher systems at the settlements of Ard al-Wata and Khakur-Takhtani in the province of Latakia, the settlements of Bleliye and Marj-Sultan in the province of Damascus, the settlements of Fua and Kafer Khaya in the province of Hama, and at a Syrian army checkpoint bear the settlement of Jubbal-Jarrah in the province of Homs. There are numerous casualties among civilians," the center said.

Government troops repelled all attacks near the settlements of Bakhariya in the provice of Damascus.

Russian reconciliation center

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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