Briefing by Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (March 6, 2018)

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 10:52


The situation in Syria is being stabilised, people return back to peaceful life.

The UN Security Council Resolution 2401 contributes to this. The Resolution stipulates for 30-day ceasefire regime throughout the country.

Results of monitoring proves that, in general, this regime is observed. The number of violations has been decreasing over the past few days.

Humanitarian assistance is regularly provided to the people. Thus, over the past week, five convoys of the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent were delivered to Syrians with 854 tons of humanitarian cargoes.

Meanwhile, amid the general stabilization of the situation in the country, the situation in the Eastern Ghouta de-escalation zone remains extremely tense.

Armed groups operating in the enclave continue to violate the ceasefire regime. They have been deliberately attacking the government troops, provoking them to respond.

Terrorists carry out shelling at Damascus from the territory controlled by insurgents. They also attacked the Embassy of the Russian Federation, the Russian Trade Representation and the Center for Reconciliation.

Over the last 10 days, terrorists fired 272 mines and missiles from the Eastern Ghouta targeting residential quarters of the Syrian capital. In total, 13 people were killed, 135 were injured, including three children.

On March 5, during the attack against the hospital Tishrin in Tahiyat Al-Assad, 10 people were killed and 49 were wounded.

The terrorists do abuses against civilians in the Eastern Ghouta, including public executions, and do not let people leave the area under threat of death. Food and medical supplies, water, personal vehicles were confiscated from people. Old people, women and children have been taken hostage and used as human shields.

For this reason, only 17 people managed to leave the Eastern Ghouta through the Mukhayam al-Waffedin humanitarian corridor.

Despite the complicated situation, on March 5, the Russian Centre for Reconciliation ensured the entry of the UN humanitarian convoy and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent into the city of Douma. Forty-five trucks delivered 247 tons of food and medical supplies to the city.

The Russian drones controlled the passage of the conviy. The provocative attacks from the terrorists were timely prevented; there were no casualties among servicemen and the civilian population.

On the way back, the convoy managed to evacuate 13 civilians, including five children.

At the same time, the convoy was to have evacuated one thousand sick and wpunded citizens, but the terrorists did not let the people to leave the area.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation urges the leaders of illegal armed formations to stop war crimes and to allow civilians to leave the Eastern Ghouta.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation guarantees people safe exit from the area. The necessary transport and security along the full route will be provided.

Despite the continuing escalation in the Eastern Ghouta, the Russian Centre for Reconciliation continues to stabilise humanitarian situation throughout the country.

Drinking water was delivered to citizens of Mazlum, the province of Deir ez- Zor.

The Russian military medics provided medical aid to 86 Syrians, including 34 children.

The refugees and internally displaced persons return to their homes.

In total, over the last 24 hours, 397 people have made their way back home in the provinces of Homs (14), Hama (21), Damascus (6) and Deir Ez-Zor (356).

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