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Six ceasefire violations reported in Syria in past day

July 24, 23:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW
209 Syrian settlement support reconciliation process
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MOSCOW, July 24. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime has been generally observed over the day in most of Syria’s provinces, with six violations reported in the provinces of Damascus and Aleppo, 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 Sunday.

"Units of the Jaysh al-Islam group which affiliates itself with the opposition conducted mortar fire at the settlements of Jobar, Arbil, Harasta, al-Nashabiya and Jaush al-Basha in the province of Damascus, and the al-Zahra neighborhood in the city of Aleppo," 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."

Groups constituting the international terrorist organizations Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State (both outlawed in Russia) continue attempts to break down the regime of cessation of hostilities, the bulletin says. During the day, terrorists conducted fire from self-made artillery systems and mortars at Aleppo’s districts of al-Khalidiyah, Sheikh Maksoud, al-Zahra, and the al-Nayrab airport, and at the town of Tell Jobegja.

Terrorists also shelled the settlements of Haush al-Fara, Zamalka, Jobar, Douma and Arbin in the province of Damascus, and the settlements of Bruma and Tuma in the province of Latakia, the center said.

209 Syrian settlement support reconciliation process

Reconciliation agreements were signed during the day with representatives of two more settlement in the Syrian provinces of Latakia and 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 209," 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 Daraa, al-Suweida and Homs. "The number illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 61," the center said.

Apart from that, according to the Russian center, more humanitarian aid was delivered to Syrian population. "More than two tons of humanitarian cargoes, mostly flour, rice, canned meat and fish, were delivered to low-income families in the settlements of Hikro in the province of Latakia and al-Dwairina in the province of Latakia. A total of 21 tons of United Nations humanitarian cargoes - cereals, sugar and salt - were delivered by a Russian Abakan Air plane to the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor besieged by Islamic State terrorists," 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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