Briefing by Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (March 4, 2018)

Sunday, 04 March 2018 10:52


Reconciliation of the opposing sides and stabilizing humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2401 remain the main lines of action of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria.

Over the last 24 hours, ceasefire regime violations by armed groupings have been registered in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, and Damascus. Situation in Eastern Ghouta continues to be tense. Armed groupings continue conducting missile and mortar attacks against living quarters of the city of Damascus and its suburbs. Over the last 24 hours, the armed groupings have fired 24 mines against the capital and its suburbs. There are wounded people.

The humanitarian operation is underway in the Eastern Ghouta.

Since 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Russian Centre established the sixth humanitarian pause. The checkpoint, medical post, and the temporary displaced people, who had left the dangerous area, have been deployed and ready for operation. Informing of Eastern Ghouta citizens about routes and rules of safe moving through the humanitarian corridor has been conducted through all possible channels. However, no civilians have managed to leave the area. The armed formations have blocked ways of leaving the area. Insurgents have been firing small arms against the corridor leading to the Muhayam al-Waffedin checkpoint as well as the checkpoint itself. 

The armed formations do not stop shelling during humanitarian pauses as well. At 12:50 p.m., insurgents fired against a medical post located close to the checkpoint from their positions in western al-Rihan. Six mines exploded at distance of 200-400 meters to the west from the medical post. Nobody was injured. 

Over the last 24 hours, 39 appeals have been registered by the hotline of the Russian Reconciliation Centre. Most of the appeals were made by citizens of Eastern Ghouta.

According to the appeals, the citizens continue suffering from lack of food and medical supplies as well as drinking water. The Russian Centre has been receiving complaints about despotism of insurgents. Actions made by illegal armed formations aimed at disrupting ceasefire regime in Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, its suburbs, and the country itself are impermissible.

The Russian party demands the immediate stop of military crimes, armed provocations, and safety leaving of civilians from dangerous areas.

Despite the tense situation in several areas of Syria, the Russian Reconciliation Centre continues normalizing humanitarian situation all over the country.

Russian military medics have provided assistance to 83 citizens, including 25 children. Citizens of Marrat, Deir ez-Zor province, have received drinking water.

Refugees and internally displaced persons are making their way back home.

Over the last 24 hours, 412 people have returned home in the provinces of Homs (12), Damascus (9), Deir ez-Zor (362), and Hama (29).

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