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Russian reconciliation center helps refugees from Aleppo

December 01, 2016, 7:30 UTC+3 ALEPPO

"The reconciliation center monitors districts. Together with the city administration, we place people in refugee camps," a representative of the Russian center Danil Rychkov said

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ALEPPO, December 1. /TASS/. The Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria provides assistance to people who had to leave neighborhoods of East Aleppo. They get warm clothes and food in humanitarian centers. Field kitchens are also operating there.

"The reconciliation center monitors districts. Together with the city administration, we place people in refugee camps. They really need baby food and warm clothes," a representative of the Russian center Danil Rychkov said.

People leave areas in East Aleppo with nothing as their houses were destroyed by terrorists, he added. "Everything they have accumulated throughout their lives was left there or was destroyed. People come from such places where it is impossible just to exist, let alone live," Rychkov noted.

Thankful for help

Refugees say that they practically became hostages to terrorists who tortured them and deprived them of food. In the town of Hanana on the outskirts of Aleppo liberated four days ago, militants deliberately stationed their headquarters in residential houses and religious buildings, destroyed mosques and books that are sacred for Muslims.

People thank the Russian side for saving them. "Our neighborhood Al-Shakhar is still under the control of militants," a refugee named Khazhida says. "We managed to escape early in the morning, under the cover of darkness. They were not able to even open fire at us. The road was hard, but we were welcomed very well here. We were fed right away. We thank Russia and the Syrian army," she adds.

Demining neighborhoods

Streets where several tens of thousands of people lived before military actions started, have ceased to be safe. Dozens of mines left by militants are found here every day. Specialists are demining these territories.

For instance, in one of the few undamaged buildings, a local administration will soon be stationed to prepare the neighborhood for restoration and return of residents.

"We came to assess the damage inflicted by terrorists. As soon as the neighborhood is inspected, we will make a plan for restoration and start working. We need to renovate 600 apartments in the nearest future so that people can return to their homes. In half a year we will be able to restore the whole neighborhood," an engineer from the architectural service of the Aleppo province, Munzer, says.

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