Briefing by Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (May 16, 2018)

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:52
Category: Briefings
Written by Vladimir I Poluektov
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The Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides continues working on peaceful settlement of the conflict and stabilizing humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic.

The Russian-Iranian-Turkish Joint Coordination Centre has registered some cases of ceasefire violation by illegal armed formations in the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib, Hama, and Daraa.

The Russian side jointly with the Syrian government is taking measures to stabilize situation in Damascus province.

Six houses were cleared up in the settlement of Rukheiba. One improvised explosive devices were found and defused.

Living houses are being cleared up from mines and ammo in the city of Douma. Streets are being cleared from rubbles by special equipment; housing and utilities infrastructure is being restored. Over the last 24 hours, 19 houses and their territories have been cleared up. In total, 12 explosive devices have been defused.

Since the recovery of government control over the Eastern Ghouta, 21 square kilometers have been cleared.

Representatives of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation have held a working session with the head of the Haush Qubayat administration. The parties discussed issues of recovery works.

Due to comprehensive support 65,459 citizens of the Eastern Ghouta have returned to their homes from camps for refugees and temporary displaced persons.

Law enforcement bodies of the Syrian Arab Republic and units of the Russian military police are cooperating to prevent provocations and ensure the safety of civilians in the settlements of Yalda, Babilla and Bayt Sahm.

The Russian side conducts humanitarian events in other regions of Syria as well.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation and Russian military police finish departing militants with their families from the Homs de-escalation zone. Over the last 24 hours, 7,973 people have passed through the check point near Talbiseh. They left the area by buses escorted by the security service cars, SARC ambulances, and reached Qalaat al-Mudiq, the Idlib de-escalation zone.

In total, 35,270 militants with their families left the Homs de-escalation zone since May 7.

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.

Over the last 24 hours the Russian Centre for Reconciliation has held two humanitarian actions. Citizens of Aqraba, Aleppo province, and Arbil, Damascus province have received 900 sets with food supplies, the bare necessities, bottled water, and fresh-baked bread. Total weight of the humanitarian cargos has reached 15 tons.

A humanitarian action took place in the orphanage for the disabled, Aleppo city. In total, 200 sets of clothes were delivered.

Russian military medics provided medical assistance to 162 Syrians, including 89 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, 202 people have returned to Homs province, and 131 – to the Eastern Ghouta.

The Russian Centre is registering the number of citizens leaving Tell Rifaat de-escalation zone for Membij, Aleppo province. Over the last 24 hours, 458 people with personal properties have left the area.