Briefing by Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (March 17, 2018)

Saturday, 17 March 2018 10:52
Category: Briefings
Written by Vladimir I Poluektov
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The Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides continues settling the conflict as well as normalizing humanitarian situation in Syria.

Situation is being normalized as well as peaceful life is being established in the most areas of the country.

However, the Joint Coordination Centre has registered some cases of ceasefire violation in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia and Damascus despite the 30-day ceasefire regime.

Several radical groupings do not let normalize situation in the Eastern Ghouta and continuously violate the ceasefire regime. 

Insurgents continue shelling against living quarters of Damascus and its suburbs. Over the last 24 hours, Abbasin quarter has suffered missile attack. As a result, 10 civilians were killed.  

Despite complicated situation, humanitarian operation in the Eastern Ghouta is underway.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the 19th humanitarian pause was put into force under the control of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation.

Civilians continue leaving the Eastern Ghouta through humanitarian corridors. It is possible to watch webcast demonstrating civilians leaving the Eastern Ghouta via webcams and unmanned aerial vehicles on the official website of the Russian Defence Ministry.

Today, 272 persons, including 137 children, have passed through the humanitarian corridor near Muhayam al-Waffedin. Total number of left people since February 28 has reached 1,328. 

Over the past day, 30,732 people have left Arbil, Hamouriyah, Saqba, and Hazze.

Since the humanitarian pauses under the auspices of the Russian Centre were introduced in the Eastern Ghouta, 48,033 people have been evacuated from the enclave.

The hotline of the Russian Reconciliation Centre continues receiving calls from citizens of the Eastern Ghouta.

Over the last 24 hours, the hotline has received 300 appeals. Mainly, people ask for 24-hour work of the humanitarian corridors. However, the Russian side explains that it is dangerous to pass through corridors at night.

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 16, the Russian Reconciliation Centre organized delivery of 2.9 tons of food supplies, bare necessities, clothes, and bread to Tarfawi, Aleppo province.

Citizens located in a camp for displaced persons in Adra (22 km to the north-east from Damascus) have received 1.5 tons of food supplies, disposable tableware, bedding, and blankets.

Citizens of al-Huseiniyah, Deir ez-Zor province, have received drinking water.

Russian military medics have provided medical assistance to 115 Syrians, including 51 children.

Due to recovery of destroyed social infrastructure and returning of peaceful life, people have been making their way back home.

Over the last 24 hours, 12 persons have returned to Homs province and 395 people have returned to their homes in Deir ez-Zor province. Over the past day, 342 civilians have returned to Aleppo province from the Idlib de-escalation zone through Tell Sultan – Abu al-Duhur humanitarian corridor.