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Russian reconciliation center reports 4 ceasefire violations in Syria over past day

July 07, 8:42 UTC+3
No reconciliation agreements were signed with representatives of Syrian settlements yesterday
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MOSCOW, July 7. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime has been generally observed over the day in most of Syria’s provinces, with four violations reported 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 Wednesday.

"Units of the Jaysh al-Islam group which affiliates itself with the opposition conducted mortar fire at positions of Syrian government troops in the settlements of Douma, Harasta, Arbil, and Jaur al-Basha," the bulletin say.

No air strikes were delivered by the Russian air group and the Syrian air force at armed opposition groups that have declared cessation of hostilities and informed the Russian or US reconciliation centers about their locations, as follows from the bulletin.

Reconciliation agreements

"During the day, no reconciliation agreements were signed with representatives of Syrian settlements. The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process remains unchanged - 177," 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 Damascus, Homs and Daraa, as follows from the bulletin. The number illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 61.

Humanitarian aid

Apart from that, the Russian military continue deliveries of humanitarian aid to Syria’s population. Three tons of humanitarian cargoes, primarily flour, rice, canned meat and fish, were delivered to low-income families in the settlement of Beit Shakukhi in the province of Latakia and Aleppo’s district of al-Jamiliyah," the bulletin says.

A total of 18 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.

Terrorist activities

On the occasion of the Moslem holiday Eid al-Fitr, the supreme command of the Syrian armed forces declared a 72-hour regime of silence in Syria starting from 00:01 a.m. local time on July 6, 2016.

According to 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 conducted fire from multiple missile launcher systems and mortars at the settlements of Handrat and Al-Hader, and Kudekhi in the province of Aleppo and Aleppo’s districts of Sheikh Maksoud, al-Khalidiyah, Halab al-Jalil, al-Zahra and the Maddafi hills," the bulletin says.

Terrorists also shelled the settlements of Khuteita al-Jarash, Harasta al-Qantara and Bakhariya in the province of Damascus, and the settlement of Fua in the province of Idlib and the settlements of Bruma in the province of Latakia.

Russian reconciliation center

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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