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Four more reconciliation agreements inked in Syria - Russia’s Defense Ministry

October 27, 2016, 4:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Russian Defense Ministry declared the establishment of the reconciliation center on February 23. It is headquartered at the Hmeimim air base, Latakia province
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MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. New reconciliation agreements have been inked in Syria but terrorists continue their provocations, the Russian center for reconciliation of the opposing sides said in its daily news bulletin posted on the Russian defense ministry’s website on Wednesday.

"In the past 24 hours, reconciliation agreements have been inked with four populated localities in the provinces of Hama (3) and As-Suwayda (1). The number of populated localities that joined the reconciliation process has increased to 851," the document says.

Talks on joining the cessation of hostilities are underway with field commanders of illegal armed detachments in the settlement of Moadamyiet al-Shih in the Damascus region and with units of armed opposition in the regions of Homs, Aleppo and Quneitra.

"The number of armed groups that pledged their commitments to accepting and fulfilling the conditions of the cessation of hostilities remained unchanged - 69," the center said.

Ceasefire violations and provocations

At least 44 ceasefire violations by illegal armed groups were reported in the past 24 hours in Syria, including 19 breaches in the region of Aleppo, 18 - in the Damascus region, three - in the Hama region, three - in the Latakia region and one violation in the Daraa region.

Russia’s Aerospace Force and Syria’s Air Force have not been delivering strikes on opposition armed units that had announced the cessation of hostilities and reported their location to the Russian or U.S. reconciliation centers, the bulletin says.

"Armed groups, which have declared their joining the regime of cessation of hostilities, delivered fire from home-made multiple missile launchers, mortars and small arms on the populated localities of Kafer Batna, Jobar, Harasta, Blelie, Mazraat-Mahmoud, Douma, and positions of the government troops near Height 612 in the Damascus province; on the populated locality of Azizi and the city of Aleppo’s district of Hai al-Antari in the Aleppo province; on the populated locality of Qansiba, Shir-Adaba and positions of the government troops near Abu Ali mountain in the Latakia province -," the document says.

The bulletin says that terrorists shelled from home-made multiple missile launchers, gun artillery, mortars and firearms the Aleppo region’s settlements of Shurfa, Bakirtaya, the districts of 1070 and 3000, Hai al-Ansari, Dahiyat al-Assad, Shieikh Maqsood, Suleiman Halyabi, the Castello shopping mall, the Castello Road, a cellular communication station, the al-Assad military academy, and warehouses of the cement plant in the city of Aleppo.

In the Hama region terrorists shelled the populated locality of Maharada, a train station in the settlement of Suran and a thermal power plant in the town of Mahardah. The settlement of Jaba came under shelling in the Daraa region.

Aid deliveries

Humanitarian aid was delivered to residents of the settlements of Hadidah in the Homs region (about 4.5 tonnes) and Kafer-Akid in the Hama region (about a tonne). Special centers keep operating in the city of Aleppo, providing hot meals and daily necessities to civilians who are evacuating from the districts controlled by illegal armed groups.

The Russian Defense Ministry declared the establishment of the reconciliation center on February 23. It is headquartered at the Hmeimim air base, Latakia province. The center was set up in line with agreements reached by Russia and the United States to facilitate the negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition and to organize humanitarian deliveries.

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