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Reconciliation agreements signed with four more Syrian settlements

July 13, 2016, 2:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The ceasefire regime has been generally observed in Syria, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties said

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MOSCOW, July 12. /TASS/. The regime of cessation of hostilities is expanding in Syria, with more reconciliation agreement signed with representatives of a number of settlements however terrorists continue their provocations seeking to frustrate it, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties said in its regular daily news bulletin posted on the Russian defense ministry’s website on Tuesday.

Reconciliation of the warring parties

"During the day, reconciliation agreement were signed with representatives of four settlements in the province of al-Quneitra. The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 183," the center said.

Talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were continued with field commanders of armed opposition groups in the provinces of Aleppo, Daraa and Hama. "The number illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 61," the center said.

Ceasefire observance

The ceasefire regime has been generally observed in Syria, with no violations reported during the day, as follows from the bulletin.

According to the Russian reconciliation center, 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.

"The regime of silence has been extended in Syria for 72 hours more, till 23:59 local time on July 14, 2016," the bulletin says.

Terrorists’ provocations

However, according to the Russian center, groups constituting the international terrorist organizations Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State continue attempts to break down the regime of cessation of hostilities, as follows from the bulletin.

"During the day, terrorists conducted fire from multiple missile launcher systems and mortars at the settlements of Ashrafieh, Ansar, Braij al-Rih and Muheim Handrat in the province of Aleppo, and Aleppo’s districts of al-Khalidiyah, al-Zahra and Leramon," the center said. "Terrorists also shelled the settlements of Khuteita al-Jarash, Bakhariya and Maydaa in the province of Damascus and the settlement of Bruma in the province of Latakia."

Humanitarian assistance

The Russian reconciliation center also said that humanitarian cargoes, mostly flour, rice and canned fish and meat, were delivered to low-income families in the settlements of Blouta and Hambushiya in the province of Latakia.

A total of 18.5 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.

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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