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Reconciliation agreement signed with one more Syrian settlements

July 17, 2016, 23:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 188," the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties said

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MOSCOW, July 17. /TASS/. A reconciliation agreement was signed during the day with representatives of one more settlement in the Syrian province of Aleppo, 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 Sunday.

"The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 188," 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 Rif Dimashq, al-Quneitra and al-Suweida," the center said. "The number illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 61."

Apart from that, the Russian center said humanitarian cargoes, primarily flour, rice, canned meat and fish, were delivered to low-income families in the settlement of Abou Drikha in the province of Aleppo.

Three ceasefire violations reported in Syria in past day 

The ceasefire regime has been generally observed over the day in most of Syria’s provinces, with three violations reported in the province of Damascus and armed terrorist organizations continuing shelling of settlements in a number of Syrian provinces.

"Units of the Jaysh al-Islam group which affiliates itself with the opposition conducted mortar fire at living quarters in Damascus from their positions near the settlements of Jobar, Harasta and Douma," 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."

Apart from that, 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 self-made artillery systems and mortars at the settlements of Braij al-Rih and Bash Key in the province of Aleppo, and Aleppo’s districts of al-Khalidiyah, Sheikh Maksoud, al-Zahra, the al-Nayrab airport and height 503. Terrorists also shelled the settlements of Khuteita al-Jarash, Bakhariya, Haush al-Fara and Kabun in the province of Damascus, the settlements of Al-Marshiya and Al-Shaykh Maskin in the province of Daraa, and the settlement of Zuwayqat in the province of Latakia," the bulletin says.

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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