MOSCOW, June 20. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime is expanding in Syria, with one more reconciliation agreement signed during the day with representatives of one settlement in the Syrian province of Homs, 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.
"A reconciliation agreement has been signed with representatives of one settlement in the province of Homs," the renter said. "The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 159. Talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were continued with field commanders of armed opposition groups in the provinces of Damascus, al-Quneitra and Daraa."
The number illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 61, as follows from the bulletin.
Apart from that, more humanitarian aid is being delivered to Syrian settlements hit in combat operations. "A total of 5.5 tons of humanitarian cargoes, mostly flour, food products and sweets for children, were delivered to the settlements of al-Qarytayn in the province of Homs, Ain al-Jauz and Blata in the province of Latakia," the center said.
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.
The ceasefire regime has been generally observed in most of Syria’s provinces, with seven violations reported in the past day in the province of Damascus.
"Units of the Jaysh al-Islam group which affiliates itself with the opposition conducted mortar fire at positions of Syrian government troops in the settmlements of Arbil, Haush Harabu, Khuteita al-Jarashl, and twice in the settlements of Harasta and Bleliye," 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 informed the Russian or U.S. reconciliation centers about their locations, as follows from the bulletin.
Groups constituting the international terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra continue attempts to break down the regime of cessation of hostilities. "During the day, terrorists shelled the settlements of Mazaraat Khabiya in the province of Damascus, Fua in the province of Idlib, Aqraba in the province of Daraa, and Tel al-Malah in the province of Hama," the bulletin says.
In the province of Aleppo, terrorists used multiple missile launcher systems and mortars to shell the settlement of Handrat, and Aleppo’s residential districts of Sheikh Maksoud, al-Zahra, al-Khalidiyeh and Qudekha, according to the bulletin.
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.