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One more Syrian settlement joins reconciliation process

June 06, 2:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The number illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 60
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© Anton Novoderezhkin / TASS

MOSCOW, June 5. /TASS/. A reconciliation agreement has been signed over the past day with representatives of one settlement in the Syrian province of Daraa, 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.

Thus, "the number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 134," the bulletin says. "Talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities are continued with field commanders of opposition groups in the Syrian provinces of Damascus, Daraa and al-Quneitra."

The number illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 60, as follows from the bulletin.

According to the bulletin, the ceasefire agreement has been generally observed in most of Syria’s provinces, with nine violations reported in the past day: five in the province of Damascus and four - in the province of Aleppo. Units of the Jaysh al-Islam group which aligns itself with the opposition conducted fire from mortars and self-made artillery systems at Aleppo’s districts of Meydan, Old City, al-Assad and Khalidiya. The settlements of Harasta, Jobar, Ard al-Sakhiya in the province of Damascus came under shelling by terrorists. The settlement of Masakid Barza came under shelling twice.

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 referred their coordinates to the Russian or U.S. reconciliation centers, according to the bulletin.

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.

Syria’s population continues to receive humanitarian aid 

A total of 2.5 tons of humanitarian aid have been delivered to the Syrian town of Tawani in the province of Damascus, 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.

"A total of 2.5 tons of humanitarian cargoes, primarily food products and sweets for children, have been delivered to people living in the town of Tawani," the center said. "Humanitarian aid - flour and food products - was delivered to the settlement of Ain Asaf in the province of Aleppo."

Doctors of the Russian reconciliation center offered medical services to 32 local residents, including 14 children, as follows from the bulletin.

At the initiative of the Russian side, an agreement was reached to extend the regime of silence for 72 hours till 24:00 on June 7, 2016 around the settlement of Darayya to ensure safe deliveries of United Nations humanitarian aid to people living in the province of Damascus.

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.

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.

Terrorists in Syria continue attempts to break down ceasefire regime

Groups constituting the international terrorist organization Jabhat Al Nusra (outlawed in Russia) are continuing provocation aimed at disrupt the regime of cessation of hostilities.

"During the day, Syrian government forces continued defensive actions around the city of Aleppo. Armed Jabhat Al Nusra groups backed by armored vehicles attempted offensives on positions of Kurdish militias in Aleppo’s Sheikh Maksoud district and on Syrian army positions near the settlement of Handrat," the center said.

Jabhat Al Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham gunmen opened artillery fire at the Syrian army’s positions in the district of Ansar in southwestern Aleppo from the settlement of Al Rashidin. Aleppo’s northern living quarters came under intensive mortar and gun fire from terrorists’ positions near the Castello shopping center and the settlement of Mukhaim Handrat.

Syrian government troops repelled terrorists’ attempts to seize the settlement of Al-Hamra in the province of Aleppo, the Russian center said.

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.

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