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45 ceasefire violations by illegal armed groups reported in Syria in past day

The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 642

MOSCOW, September 20. /TASS/. A total of 45 ceasefire violations by illegal armed groups were reported during the day in Syria, including 26 - in the province of Aleppo, 11 - in the province of Damascus, four - in the province of Hama, two - in the province of Latakia, and two - in the province of al-Quneitra, 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 Tuesday.

"In the province of Aleppo, terrorists groups conducted fire from home-made multiple missile launcher systems, mortars and firearms at a farms in the settlement of Sheikh ali-Kobtani, the settlement of Al-Hader, and Aleppo’s districts of Ramusi, Al-Zahra, 1070, Hai al-Ansari, Al-Khalifiya, Leramon, the Castello trade center and a road near it, cement and gas plants, and an artillery school," the bulletin says.

In the province of Damascus, shelling was conducted from home-made multiple missile launcher systems, mortars and firearm at the settlements of Huteita al-Jarash, Harasta, Hawsh Harabu, Douma, Marj-Sultan, a secondary school in the settlement of Jobar, Bala al-Qadima farms and positions of government troops near the settlements of Arbil and Kabun.

"Armed terrorist groups conducted fire from self-made multiple missile launcher systems at the settlements of Maan, Mubbatan and Mureiwed in the province of Hama, the Tubal castle and 409.5 height in the province of Latakia," the Russian center reported. "In the province of al-Quneitra, positions of government troops near 1,226 height came under tank fire, and the settlement of al-Baas came under artillery and mortar shelling."

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.

Reconciliation of the warring parties

"During the day, reconciliation agreements were signed with representatives of two settlements in the province of Latakia. The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 642," 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-Shih 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, the bulletin says.

Humanitarian assistance

More than two tonnes of humanitarian cargoes - sugar, flour, rice, canned foods and tea - were delivered to the Jibreen camp for temporarily displaced persons in the province of Aleppo.

"Two humanitarian operations were conducted in the city of Aleppo jointly with the Belarusian embassy. Medicines were delivered to the university hospital, al-Razi hospital and a cardiovascular surgery clinic. Children’s goods were delivered to children’s home number 1 in the Dzira neighborhood. In all, 23 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes were delivered, including 12.5 tonnes of food products, 4.3 tonnes of other goods, and 6.2 tonnes of medicines and medical equipment," the center said.

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

Russian reconciliation center

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.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who held thirteen-hours-long talks in Geneva on September 10, coordinated a package of five documents called upon to bring about ceasefire in Syria and to lay down the foundations of a resumption of the political process. The documents feature the separation of the armed opposition and terrorists and envision the delivery of joint Russian-U.S. airstrikes. They also specify a procedure for reacting to violations of the ceasefire and some aspects of delivery of humanitarian aid millions of people are wanting badly.

The cessation of hostilities regime came into effect from 19:00 Moscow time on September 12. On September 14, the ceasefire was extended for 48 hours more.

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.