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Ceasefire regime violated in Syria 39 times in past day — Russian reconciliation center

Reconciliation agreements were signed during the day with representatives of two more settlements in Syria

MOSCOW, November 14. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime was violated by illegal armed groups in Syria 39 times over the last 24 hours, the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties said in its daily news bulletin published on the Russian Defense Ministry’s official website on Monday.

The armed groups that earlier announced their adherence to the ceasefire regime opened fire 11 times from self-made multiple rocket launcher systems, mortars and small arms.

In the province of Damascus, armed groups that consider themselves members of the opposition Jaysh al-Islam grouping shelled the settlements of Bleliye, Mazraat-Mahmoud, Jaubar (twice) and Bludan, the highway near the settlement of Duma and height 612. Armed groups of the Free Syrian Army shelled the Tubal fortress twice in the province of Latakia, and quarters of Salah al-Din and Al-Salhin in the city of Aleppo.

Armed terrorist groups opened fire from self-made multiple rocket launcher systems, artillery, mortars and small arms in the province of Aleppo at quarters "1070" (twice), Suleiman-Halyabi, Manyan, Dahiya al-Asad, Ashrafiya and Leramon, Khikma school (twice), Al-Asad military academy (twice), Castello mall, cardboard factory in Aleppo, settlements of Ansar (twice) and Al-Nayrab.

In the province of Damascus, terrorists shelled the settlements of Arbin (three times), Jaubar (twice), Haush-Nasri (twice), Al-Wafidin camp and Ibn al-Walid hospital (twice). In the Daraa province, terrorists shelled the settlement of Osman. An unmanned aerial vehicles with an explosive device onboard delivered a strike at the settlement of Suran in the Hama province.

"Russian Aerospace Defense Forces and Syrian Air Force did not deliver airstrikes at opposition armed groups that declared cessation of hostilities and informed the Russian or US reconciliation centers about their locations," the Russian center said.

Use of chemical weapons

"On November 13, near the district of Karim Jazmati in eastern Aleppo, terrorists used chemical weapons against Syrian government forces," the Russian reconciliation center said. "As a result, around 30 servicemen of the 415th battalion of the 115th division of the Republican Guards sustained injuries of varying severity. Most of them were promptly evacuated to a hospital in Aleppo," the center added.

"According to Syrian servicemen, gas poisoning was preceded by an explosion of a shell or gas cylinder launched from the self-made rocket launcher called ‘Hell Fire’. Officers from the Scientific Center of the Russian Troops of Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defense collected samples at the site that confirm that confirm that militants used chlorine as a poisoning substance," the Russian center noted.

New signatories to ceasefire

Reconciliation agreements were signed during the day with representatives of two more settlements in Syria, the Russian reconciliation center said. "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 935," 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 Muaddamiya al-Sham in the province of Damascus and commanders of armed opposition groups in the provinces of Homs, Aleppo and al-Quneitra, according to the bulletin.

"The number of illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged — 69," the center said.

Humanitarian assistance

According to the Russian center, efforts are continued to relieve the humanitarian situation in Syria. Two humanitarian operations were conducted during the day. Thus, about 700 kilograms of humanitarian cargoes were distributed among civilians near the Al-Rahma mosque in New Aleppo and about 200 kilograms of humanitarian cargoes were delivered to a hospital in the city of Hama.

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

Russian reconciliation center

The Russian Defense Ministry declared the establishment of the reconciliation center on February 23. It is headquartered at the Hmeymim 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.