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Nine ceasefire violations reported in Syria in past day

August 04, 2:27 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 341
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© Valery Sharifulin/TASS

MOSCOW, August 4. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime has been generally observed over the day in most of Syria’s provinces, with nine violations reported in the provinces of Damascus (6), Latakia (2) and Hama (1), 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 the settlements of Jobar, Arbil, Douma, Haush-Nasri, al-Nashabiya and Jisrein in the province of Damascus, the center said. Militants of the Free Syrian Army shelled the settlement of Tauma in the province of Latakia. The Ahrar al-Sham armed group shelld Hama’s military airfield.

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.

Apart from that, according to the Russian reconciliation center, 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.

"In the eastern districts of the city of Aleppo, poisonous substances were used at a living quarter located near the Sahat-Saldala Square in the Salah al-Din neighborhood from the Suqqari neighborhood controlled by the Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki group which affiliates itself with the opposition. As a result of this terrorist attack, seven people died and more than 20 were evacuated to Aleppo’s hospitals with suffocation and inhalation burns," the center said.

Apart from that, terrorists conducted fire from home-made multiple missile launcher systems and mortars at the settlements of Ansar and Al-Hader in the province of Aleppo and Aleppo’s district of Leramon and the Castello trade center. Terrorists also shelled the settlements of Haush al-Fara, Jobar, Huteita al-Jarash, Douma, al-Bakhariya and Tel-Kaukab in the province of Damascus, and the settlement of the Mfakkar al-Sharki in the settlement of Hama, as follows from the bulletin.

Reconciliation agreements

Reconciliation agreements were signed during the day with representatives of four settlements in the Syrian province of Latakia, 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 Wednesday.

"The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 341," the center said.

Agreements on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were signed with field commanders of eight armed opposition groups in the provinces of Hama, as follows from the bulletin.

"The number illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms has reached 69," the bulletin says.

Humanitarian aid

Apart from that, the Russian military continue to deliver humanitarian cargoes to Syria’s populations. "Two tons of humanitarian cargoes, mostly flour, tea, canned meat and fish, were delivered to low-income families in the settlement of Kessab in the province of Latakia," the center said. "More than 15 tons of United Nations humanitarian cargoes were dropped from a Russian Abakan Air plane to the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor besieged by Islamic State terrorists."

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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