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MOSCOW, June 24. /TASS/. A reconciliation agreement was signed during the day with representatives of one more settlement in the Syrian province of Homs, 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 Friday.
"The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 162," 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 Hama, Homs and Daraa."
The number of illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 61, as follows from the bulletin.
The ceasefire regime, according to the Russian reconciliation center, has been generally observed over the day in most of Syria’s province, with five violations reported in the province of Damascus.
Units of the Jaysh al-Islam group which affiliates itself with the opposition conducted mortar fire at positions of Syrian government troops in the settmlements of Arbil, Al-Kasa, Harasta, Haush al-Hayat and Khuteita al-Jarash, 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," the bulletin says.
Humanitarian aid to Syrian population
A total of 7.5 tons of humanitarian cargoes, basically food products, flour, sweets and toys for children, were delivered to a camp for internally displaced persons in Damascus’ district of al-Husainiya and to low-income families in the settlement of Samkari al-Shamali in the province of Homs, as follows from the bulletin.
A total of 17.5 tons of United Nations humanitarian cargoes, primarily food products and cereals, 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 convoy of 37 trucks delivered United Nations relief aid, mostly food products and medicine, to the settlement of Jeyrud in the province of Damascus. The convoy was accompanied by officers of the Russian reconciliation center.
Groups constituting the international terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra continue attempts to break down the regime of cessation of hostilities.
During the day, terrorists used multiple missile launcher systems and mortars to shell the settlements of Handrat, al-Zahra, al-Hader and Kudehi in the province of Aleppo and Aleppo’s districts of Sheikh Maksoud and Halab al-Jalil, and the al-Nayrab airport, according to the bulletin.
The settlements of Harasta, Bleliye, Adra, Marj-Sultan, Jarash in the province of Damascus, Fua, Kafer Khaya in the province of Idlib, and Rasha and Nehshebba in the province of Latakia also came under shelling.
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.