Briefing by Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (March 15, 2018)

Thursday, 15 March 2018 10:52

The Russian Сenter for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides continues working on reconciliation of the opposing sides and stabilizing humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic.

In general, the UN Security Council Resolution 2401 greatly contributes to stabilization of situation in Syria; people are able to return to peaceful life.

Meanwhile, despite the Resolution’s demands for 30-day ceasefire regime throughout the country, the Joint Coordination Centre has registered some ceasefire violations by armed groups in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia and Damascus over the past day.

Situation in the Eastern Ghouta de-escalation zone becomes stable. However, a number of radical groups continue to violate ceasefire regime. Over the past 24 hours, terrorists carried out three shelling attacks against residential districts of Damascus and its suburbs. Terrorists fire six mines. There are destructions in the city, but nobody was injured.

The humanitarian operation in the Eastern Ghouta is underway.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the 17th humanitarian pause was put into force under the control of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation.

Negotiations between the Russian Centre for Reconciliation and leaders of armed formations near the settlement of Douma resulted in favorable conditions to carry on evacuation of civilians via the humanitarian corridor in Muhayam al-Waffedin.

Today, 291 people have managed to pass the corridor. In total, 728 people have left the Eastern Ghouta via the Muhayam al-Waffedin corridor since February 28.

The second humanitarian corridor has been opened today at 6 a.m. It lies through the settlements of Hamouriyah, Saqba and Hazeh (south of Douma). More than 10,912 people left the Eastern Ghouta via the second corridor.

Since the humanitarian pauses under the control of the Russian Centre were introduced in the Eastern Ghouta, 11, 640 people have been evacuated from the enclave.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation assisted to deliver the UN humanitarian convoy to the settlement of Douma. Twenty-five trucks delivered 137 tons of food and medical supplies and baby food. It is the third humanitarian convoy that reached Douma in recent days. In total, three convoys have supplied 455 tons of humanitarian relief.

The Centre continues evacuation of civilians.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation is above all focused on stabilizing the humanitarian situation, providing medical assistance to the people in need and meeting the priority needs of citizens.

On March 14, the Center for Reconciliation organized humanitarian action in the settlement of Abu-Abde, Aleppo province, and Kiswah, Damascus province. People received 4.8 tons of food packages, the bare necessities, fresh-baked bread and clothes.

The Russian Centre assisted to organize a humanitarian action in the Tashrin State University, Latakia. Students received scientific literature and teaching books.

Drinking water was delivered to citizens of Kusham, the province of Deir ez-Zor.

Russian military medics provided medical aid to 87 Syrians, including 24 children.

The reconstruction of the destroyed social infrastructure and the establishment of peaceful life in the Syrian provinces enable people to return back to their former homes.

Over the past day, 11 people returned back to Homs province, and 437 people – to the province of Deir ez-Zor (on the Eastern shore of the Euphrates). Besides, 200 people with personal property left the Idlib de-escalation zone for Aleppo province via the humanitarian corridor Tel-Sultan - Abu al-Duhur.

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