Briefing by Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (April 22, 2018)

Sunday, 22 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 Latakia, Hama, Damascus, and Daraa over the last 24 hours.

On April 21, insurgents active in Muhayam al-Yarmuq carried out mortar shelling against living quarters of al-Tadamon in southern area of Damascus. Two civilians were injured.

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

In Douma, repair brigades continue recovering water and electricity supply systems as well as roads.

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

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 the area of Hammuriyah, which were to be recovered.

Thirteen kilometers of roads were cleared from mines in Harasta, Aun Terma, and Jisrein.

Due to efforts taken by the Russian Reconciliation Centre and the Syrian government, 61,775 citizens of the Eastern Ghouta have returned to their homes from camps for refugees and temporary displaced persons.

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

The Russian Reconciliation Centre and Russian MP units started withdrawing insurgents and their families from Eastern Qalamun area via Ruheiba humanitarian corridor.

Over the last 24 hours, 1,156 insurgents and their family members have passed through the corridor. Thirty five buses transported 1,117 people to Afrin, Aleppo province, and 39 ones – to al-Rukban camp for refugees located near al-Tanf.

Insurgents handed 9 weapons, 8,500 munitions, 212 hand grenades, and a suicide bomber belt to representatives of the Russian Reconciliation Centre.

In total, 2,850 insurgents and their family members have left the Eastern Qalamun.

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 for Reconciliation has held a humanitarian action in Akraba, Aleppo province. Citizens have received 445 sets with food supplies and bread. Total weight of the cargos reached 2.9 tons.

Russian military medics have provided medical assistance to 79 Syrians, including 20 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, 160 people have returned to Homs province, 519 – to Deir ez-Zor province (Eastern shore of the River Euphrates), and 312 – 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, 204 people have left the area.

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