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Reconciliation agreements signed with 4 more Syrian settlements — Russian Defense Ministry

November 23, 2016, 0:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 971

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MOSCOW, November 22. /TASS/. Reconciliation agreements were signed during the day with representatives of four more settlements in Syria, two in Hama province and two in Latakia, 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 971," 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 Homs, Hama, Aleppo and al-Quneitra, according to the bulletin.

The number of illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 70, the center said.

According to the Russian center, efforts are continued to relieve the humanitarian situation in Syria. One humanitarian action was conducted during the day, in which residents of Masyaf settlement in Hama province received about 2.5 tons of humanitarian cargo.

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

Ceasefire violations

Nine civilians and three militants have left Aleppo’s blocked districts on Tuesday, the Russian center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said.

A total of 46 ceasefire violations by illegal armed groups were reported during the day in Syria, the Russian center said. "Shelling by armed groups was reported from the provinces of Aleppo (19), Damascus (23), Hama (2), Quneitra (1) and Daraa (1)," the center said.

"In the province of Damascus, armed groups of the Jaysh al-Islam organization which affiliates itself with the opposition shelled from mortars and firearms the settlements of Bloudan, Jobar, Kafer Batna and El Casa, the neighborhoods of al-Mazzah, Adavi, a highway near the settlement of Douma, an area near the Al-Abbasyyin stadium in the settlement of Jobar (twice) and the area of the Feiha sports center," the report said.

"Armed groups of the Free Syrian Army shelled the al-Masharqah neighborhood in Aleppo province," it said.

According to the Russian military, armed groups of the terrorist organizations Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and Islamic State (both outlawed in Russia) shelled from multiple missile launcher systems, mortars and firearms the settlement of Bakirtaja in the province of Aleppo and Aleppo’s neighborhoods of Sheikh Said Leramon, Binyamin (three times), Arian(twice), Hay al-Andalus, 3000, Jamaria Harb al-Zahra, Ashrafia, the area near a gas plant and a Syriatel mobile telecommunication station, the area of a watermelon market, the Hikma school and the Castello trade center (twice), it said.

In the province of Damascus, terrorists shelled the settlements of Jobar (five times), Harasta al-Qantra, Hawsh Nasri (twice), Arbin (three times) and Hawsh Haraba.

In the province of Hama, terrorists shelled the settlement of Maharda and Hama airport. In Quneitra, they shelled positions of government troops in the area of Height 1,222, in Daraa province - the settlement of Kafr-Shams," the bulletin 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, as follows from the bulletin.

Russian reconciliation center

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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