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Reconciliation agreements signed with two Syrian settlements - Russian defense ministry

December 12, 2016, 0:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW

A total of 36 ceasefire violations by illegal armed groups were reported during the day in Syria

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MOSCOW, December 11. /TASS/. Reconciliation agreements were signed during the day with representatives of two more settlements in the Syrian province of Latakia, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its regular daily bulletin posted on the Russian defense ministry’s official website on Sunday.

"During the day, agreements on joining the ceasefire regime were signed with two settlements in the province of Latakia," the center said. "The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 1,045."

According to the defense ministry, talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were continued with field commanders of illegal armed groups in the settlement of Muaddamiyet al-Shih in the province of Damascus and commanders of armed opposition groups in the provinces of Homs, Hama, Aleppo and al-Quneitra. he number illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 94.

Ceasefire violations

A total of 36 ceasefire violations by illegal armed groups were reported during the day in Syria, including 19 - in the province of Aleppo, 14 - in the province of Damascus, one - in the province of Hama, one - in the province of Latakia, and one in the province of Daraa. In the province of Damascus, armed groups of the Jaysh al-Islam organization which affiliates itself with the opposition shelled from mortars and firearms the settlement of Harasta and an area near the Al-Abbasyyin stadium in the settlement of Jobar, as follows from the bulletin.

Ahrar al-Sham armed groups conducted fire from multiple missile launcher systems, mortars and firearms at Aleppo’s districts of Hai Sayf al-Dawla and Al-Mashsrka and the settlement of Rashs in the province of Latakia.

Armed groups of the terrorist organization Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra) shelled from multiple missile launcher systems, artillery systems, mortars, anti-tank guided missile systems and firearms Aleppo’s districts of Sheikh Said, Dahiya al-Assad (twice), Binyamin (twice), Leramon, Jamaiya Faht (twice), Ramusi, Amri, al-Maqamat (twice), Jamariya Kharab al-Zahraa, Salah al-Din, Qasr al-Wali, the Al-Assad military academy and a watermelon market.

In the province of Damascus, terrorists shelled the settlements of Hawsh Nasri, Arbil (twice), Jobar, Bala al-Qadima, Hawsh al-Shalak and Harasta (twice), a sports ground and the Al-Wafidin camp in the settlement of Jobar.

Apart from that, terrorists shelled the settlements of Muhaja in the province of Daraa and Suran in the province of Hama.

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 Russian center reported.

Humanitarian assistance

One humanitarian operation was conducted during the day. Thus, about three tonnes of humanitarian cargoes were delivered to Aleppo’s district of Sakhur-3.

Hot meals and living essentials distribution outlets are open for civilians leaving Aleppo’s neighborhoods controlled by illegal armed groups, as follows from the bulletin.

Russian reconciliation center

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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