Briefing by Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (March 19, 2018)

Monday, 19 March 2018 10:52

The Russian Сentre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides continues working on reconciliation of the opposing sides and stabilizing humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic given the UN Security Council Resolution 2401.

In general, situation in Syria stabilizes, people return back to peaceful life.

However, despite the 30-day ceasefire regime established throughout the Syrian Arab Republic, the Russian-Turkish-Iranian Coordination Centre has registered several cases of ceasefire violation in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia and Daraa.

In the Idlib de-escalation zone there have been eight cases of ceasefire violation and in the Southern zone – six cases over the last 24 hours.

For the first time over the past three weeks the Centre has registered no cases of shelling attacks against residential quarter of Damascus and its suburbs. Despite temporary lull in fighting in the capital, situation in the Eastern Ghouta remains tense.

The humanitarian operation is underway in the Eastern Ghouta.

The 21st humanitarian pause was put into force under the control of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation.

During the humanitarian pause, 525 people have left the Eastern Ghouta via the humanitarian corridor near Muhayam al-Wafedin. Since February 28, in total 2,241 people have left the Eastern Ghouta via the abovementioned corridor.

Over the past day, 5,521 people have left the enclave via the second humanitarian corridor. It lies through the settlements of Hamouriyah, Saqba and Hazeh.

In total since the beginning of the humanitarian operation, 79,702 people have been evacuated from the Eastern Ghouta with the help of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation. Most of them are children. Their lives are out of danger now.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation’s Hotline receives reports from civilians 24-hours a day.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation's Hotline has received in total 326 calls from residents of the Eastern Ghouta. People report on frequent cases of looting.

On March 19, the Centre received a report from a resident of al-Wanar quarter (the Eastern Ghouta) on terrorists preparing provocation with the use of chemical agents.

According to a caller, terrorists of the Tahrir al-Sham (the Jabhat al-Nusra) installed on a roof and tested a turbine redesigned from an industrial heater placing it next to hermetically sealed containers probably with poisonous substances.

Terrorists, in the opinion of the person who applied to the Russian Center for Reconciliation, can use it to spray chemical agents in residential areas, which will lead to a large number of casualties among the civilians.

Further terrorist will accuse the government forces of using chemical weapons against civil population.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation has processed the information and submitted it to the Syrian authorities.

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.

On March 18, the Russian Centre for Reconciliation delivered clothes and sleeping gears to al-Huseiniyah, Deir ez-Zor province.

People in the Adra abd Hirdjilla refugee camps received from the Russian Centre 3,000 food sets. Field kitchen have been deployed to provide hot meals for 10,500 people.

Citizens of Kusham, Deir ez-Zor province, received drinking water.

The Russian military medics provided medical aid to 113 Syrians including 46 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, 11 people returned back to Homs province, and 637 people – to the province of Deir ez-Zor (on the eastern shore of the Euphrates).

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