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877 Syrian settlements join reconciliation process — Russian Defense Ministry

November 01, 2016, 23:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW

A total of 41 ceasefire violations were reported during the day

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MOSCOW, November 1. /TASS/. Reconciliation agreements were signed during the day with representatives of four more settlements in Syria, including two - in the province of Latakia and Two - in the province of Hama, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its regular daily bulletin posted on the Russian Defense Ministry’s official website on Tuesday.

"The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 877," the center said.

Talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were continued with field commanders of armed opposition groups in the settlement of Muaddamiet al-Sham in the province of Damascus and commanders of armed opposition groups in the provinces of Homs, Aleppo and al-Quneitra. The number illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 69, bulletin says.

Ceasefire regime observance

According to the Russian center, a total of 41 ceasefire violations were reported during the day, including 17 - in the province of Aleppo, 19 - in the province of Damascus, three - in the province of Latakia, one - in the province of Daraa and one - in the province of Hama.

"Armed groups which have declared their joining the regime of cessation of hostilities conducted fire from home-made multiple missile launcher systems, mortars and firearms at the settlements of Jobar, Bala al-Qadima, Douma, Harasta, Bleliye, a farm in the settlement of Qusayr and height 612 in the province of Damascus; at the settlement Kuzul Dag and positions of government troops on the Abu Ali mount and height 465 in the province of Latakia; and at Aleppo’s district of Hai al-Antasi," the center said.

In the province of Aleppo, paramilitary terrorist groups shelled from home-made multiple missile launcher systems, artillery systems, mortars and firearms the settlement of Ansar, and Aleppo’s districts of Hai al-Ansari, 3000, 1070, Al-Masharka, Meydan, Salah al-Din, Khamdaniya-4, Suleiman Halabi, the Al-Assad military academy, the Castello trade center and the area near the former military school.

In the province of Damascus, terrorists shelled the settlements of Douma, Hawsh-Nasri, Harasta, Arbil, Jobar, the Ibn al-Walid hospital in the settlement of Douma, a sports ground in the settlement of Jobar, as follows from the bulletin.

In the province of Hama, terrorists shelled the settlement of Kawkab.

Jabhat al-Nusra militants used an unmanned aerial vehicle with an explosive device in the settlement of Namir in the province of Daraa.

"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 Russian center said.

Humanitarian assistance

According to the Russian center, efforts are continued to relieve the humanitarian situation in Syria. The Russian military conducted eight humanitarian actions. Thus, a total of 1.5 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes were delivered to the settlement of Ajuba in the province of al-Quneitra. As many as three tonnes of cargoes were distributed among civilians near the National Reconciliation Centre in the city of Hama; about 600 kilograms of cargoes were delivered to the military hospital and about one tonne - to the central hospital in Tartus, about 200 kilograms were delivered to Tartus’ maternity hospital; 300 kilograms of cargoes were delivered to Aleppo’s military hospital, 150 kilograms - to Aleppo’s home for the elderly people, and about 100 kilograms - to a girls’ orphanage in Aleppo.

Hot meals and living essentials distribution outlets are open for civilians leaving Aleppo’s neighborhoods controlled by illegal armed groups, the bulletin says.

The Russian Defense Ministry declared the establishment of the reconciliation center on February 23. It is headquartered at the Hmeimim air base, Latakia province. The center was set up in line with agreements reached by Russia and the United States to facilitate the negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition and to organize humanitarian deliveries.

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