Briefing by Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (April 21, 2018)

Saturday, 21 April 2018 10:52

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides continues working on peaceful settlement of the conflict and stabilizing humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic.

Despite the ceasefire regime being established throughout the country, the Russian-Turkish-Iranian Coordination Centre has registered several cases of ceasefire violation in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Damascus, and Daraa over the last 24 hours.

On April 19, insurgents active in Muhayam al-Yarmuq carried out mortar shelling against living quarters of al-Tadamon, al-Midan, and al-Qadam in southern area of Damascus. Two civilians were killed, and nine ones were injured.

Situation in the Eastern Ghouta is stabilizing. Peaceful life is being recovered.

Living houses and infrastructure objects are being cleared from mines and explosive devices in Douma. Over the last 24 hours, 16 houses and their territories have been cleared. Twelve explosive devices have been defused.

Roads are being cleared. Electricity and water supply systems are being recovered in the city.

Normalization of situation in other settlements and towns of the Eastern Ghouta is continued.

Representatives of the Centre explored the most important objects of social infrastructure in Jisrein, which were to be recovered.

Due to efforts taken by the Russian Reconciliation Centre and the Syrian government, 61,463 citizens of the Eastern Ghouta have returned to their homes from camps for refugees and temporary displaced persons.

Work held by the Russian Centre is aimed at de-escalation of situation in Damascus province.

In course of reached agreements, the Russian Reconciliation Centre and Russian MP units started withdrawing insurgents and their families from Eastern Qalamun area.

A temporary humanitarian corridor was opened today near Ruheiba.

Extremists handed 30 armored vehicles, three pick-ups with large-caliber machine guns, 36 AT grenade launchers, six mortars, three AT guided missiles, 23 tactical missiles, 111 mines, 60 hand grenades, and more than 63,000 munitions for small arms to the Syrian Arab Army.

The government troops have taken storages with large amount of munitions under control.

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.

The Russian Centre has held a humanitarian action in Jabbul, Aleppo province. Citizens have received more than 1 ton of bread.

Russian military medics have provided medical assistance to 60 Syrians, including 15 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, 266 people have returned to Homs province, 648 – to Deir ez-Zor province (Eastern shore of the River Euphrates), and 381 – to the Eastern Ghouta.

The Russian Centre is registering the number of citizens leaving Tell Rifaat de-escalation zone for Membij, Aleppo province. Over the last 24 hours, 313 people have left the area.

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