Briefing by Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (July 31, 2018)

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 10:52

The Russian side jointly with the Syrian government continue implementation of post-conflict measures in the Syrian provinces.

There are favourable conditions in most areas of the Syrian Arab Republic that enable IDPs to return back to their homes.

Due to taken measures, 73,917 people have returned back to the Eastern Ghouta from refugee and IDPs camps. Over the past day, 97 people have returned back to their former places of residence.

Military medics have provided medical assistance to nine people, including five children over the past day.

Representatives of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides held a working meeting with governor and assistant governor of Elba, al-Quneitra province. During the meeting they discussed issues of humanitarian assistance to civilians and security equipment and construction materials for the rehabilitation of social infrastructure in the affected villages.

The sides reached an agreement to send a group of officers of the Russian Center for Reconciliation to work directly in the areas, where the population is most in need of humanitarian assistance.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation continues negotiations with seniors of towns and leaders of illegal armed formations in Southwest de-escalation zone.

As a result of negotiations during the day, insurgents surrendered one 82mm and122mm mortars, two recoilless rifles and three heavy machine gun and more than 200 munitions of various types and calibers.

Despite measures taken to stabilise situation, the Russian-Iranian-Turkish Joint Coordination Centre has registered some cases of ceasefire regime violation by illegal armed formations in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Over the past 24 hours, insurgents attacked Safsafa (two times), Ayn-Hazar, al-Areym, Ikko, Kinsabba,Latakia province, Zor al-Mahruqah, Hama province, and the Hamdaniyah, Halab al-Jadid districts, a vicinity of an artillery school (three times), al-Zandiq, Hirbat-al-Amiya, and R&D Centre and Maqanis al-Duwayri districts of Aleppo city. An attack of militants by the Project 3000 MLRS  in the Al-Hamdanija district of Aleppo, caused casualties among civilians (one person was killed and four civilians were wounded) according to preliminary data.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides urges leaders of illegal armed formations operating  in the Idlib de-escalation zone to cease hostilities and move towards peaceful settlement of the situation in areas they occupy.

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