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Three ceasefire violations reported in Syria in past day — Russian reconciliation center

July 20, 2:11 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Reconciliation agreements were signed during the day with representatives of nine more settlement in the Syrian province of Homs
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MOSCOW, July 19. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime has been generally observed over the day in most of Syria’s provinces, with three 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 Tuesday.

"Units of the Jaysh al-Islam group which affiliates itself with the opposition conducted mortar fire at the settlements of Jobar, Arbil and Douma," 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."

Groups constituting the international terrorist organizations Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State (both outlawed in Russia) continue attempts to break down the regime of cessation of hostilities, the bulletin says.

"During the day, terrorists conducted fire from multiple missile launcher systems and mortars at the settlement of Ansar in the province of Aleppo, and Aleppo’s districts of al-Ansari, al-Khalidiyah, Sheikh Maksoud, al-Zahra, Halab al-Jalil and the al-Nayrab airport," the center said. "Terrorists also shelled the settlements of Bakhariya, Haush al-Fara, Khuteita al-Jarash, Zamalka, Jobar and Abd Beiruni in the province of Damascus."

Reconciliation agreements

Reconciliation agreements were signed during the day with representatives of nine more settlement in the Syrian province of Homs, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties said in its regular daily news bulletin posted on the Russian defense ministry’s website on Tuesday.

"The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 200," 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, al-Sweida and Daraa, as follows from the bulletin.

"The number illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 61," the Russian center said.

Humanitarian aid

Apart from that, according to the Russian center, more humanitarian aid was delivered to Syrian population.

"Humanitarian cargoes, mostly flour, rice, canned meat and fish, were delivered to low-income families in the settlement of Talla in the province of Latakia. A total of 15 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 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.

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