Briefing by Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (August 28, 2018)

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 10:52

Peaceful settlement of the conflict and rendering of comprehensive assistance are the main vectors of work in the Syrian Arab Republic.

Representatives of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation held a humanitarian action in the settlement of Arza, Hama province. Civilians received 450 sets of food products with the total weight 1.9 tons. 90 people including 40 children received medical aid.

People in need received fresh-baked bread in Shahba district in the city of Aleppo.

In total, since the Russian Centre for Reconciliation started settlement process, it carried out 1909 humanitarian actions. The total weight of humanitarian cargo delivered amounts to 2,944.81

Representatives of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation checked the availability of medications and quality of medical care provided in the village of Khusham(the province of Deir ez-Zor). Five Syrians were provided with medical aid, baby food, vitamins, antibiotics and dressing material.

Russian military medics have provided medical assistance to 151 people, including 80 children over the past day.

Former insurgents in southwest of the Syrian Arab Republic surrendered one infantry fighting vehicle, 166 small arms and 600 kilograms of ammunition of various types and calibers and 137 boxes and 13 packets of medicines.

Despite the ceasefire regime being established throughout the country, there have been still cases of ceasefire regime violation by illegal armed formations in the Idlib de-escalation zone over the past week. During the day were registred attacks on settlements Sandzheko, Ikko, Arafit, Beit Bustan, Sandrin (three times), Beit Lukman, Safsafa, Qellaz(twice), Dahr Abu-Assad (twice), Barish, Juba al-Mgara , Byuk-Khakur (twice) of Latakiya province, Makanis al-Duvayry, Halab al-Jadid and the north-western outskirts of Aleppo city, Suran, Zor al-Mahruqah and Masasna in Hama province.

According to information received by the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides from several independent sources in the province of Idlib, a large load of toxic substances was delivered to the city of Sarakib from the village of Afs on two large-capacity trucks.

Accompanied by eight representatives of the White Helmets organization, the toxic chemicals were taken to the warehouse used by the Ahrar al-Sham militants to store weapons, where they were met by two high-ranking commanders of the illegal armed formation.

Later, part of the cargo in plastic barrels without marking was transported to another militant base in the southern part of the Idlib province to stage the use of chemical weapons and the subsequent accusation of government forces in the use of toxic chemicals against civilians.

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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