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Seven ceasefire violations reported in Syria in past day

August 09, 3:13 UTC+3 MOSCOW
8 reconciliation agreements signed with Syrian settlements in past day
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MOSCOW, August 8. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime has been generally observed over the day in most of Syria’s provinces, with six violations reported in the provinces of Damascus and one - in the province of Latakia, 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 Monday.

"Units of the Jaysh al-Islam group which affiliates itself with the opposition conducted mortar fire at the settlements of Harasta, Jobar, Arbil, Haush-Nasri, Douma and Kabune in the province of Damascus," the center said. "Militants of the Ahrar al-Sham group shelled positions of the Syrian government troops near the Abu Ali hill in the province of Latakia."

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.

"During the day, terrorists conducted fire from home-made artillery systems and mortars at the settlement of Ansar in the province of Aleppo and Aleppo’s district of Leramon, the al-Nayrab airport and an artillery school," the Russian center said. "Terrorists also shelled the settlements of Harasta, Jobar, Haush al-Fara, Kabune, Huteita al-Jarash, Zamalka, Douma and Mazraat Kawkab 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.

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.

Reconciliation agreements

Reconciliation agreements were signed during the day with representatives of eight settlements in the Syrian provinces of al-Suwayda (5) and Latakia (3).

"The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 368," 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, Latakia and Homs. The number illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 69," the center said.

Apart from that, the Russian military continue to deliver humanitarian cargoes to Syria’s population. Two tons of humanitarian cargoes, mostly rice, tea, sugar and canned meat and fish, were delivered to low-income families the settlement of Umm al-Amad in the province of Homs, as follows from the bulletin.

More than 20 tons of United Nations humanitarian cargoes - cereals and melted butter 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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