Briefing by Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (April 24, 2018)

Tuesday, 24 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, Idlib, Homs, Damascus, and Daraa over the last 24 hours.

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, seven houses and their territories have been cleared. Nine 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 Harasta, which were to be recovered. Roads are being cleared from obstructions, sewer networks as well as water and electricity supply systems are being recovered.

Government of the Syrian Arab Republic has organized delivery of food supplies and water to population of the city. Ambulances of the Syrian Red Crescent are evacuating seriously ill patients to Damascus hospitals.

Three kilometers of roads were cleared from mines in Ayn Terma.

Due to efforts taken by the Russian Reconciliation Centre and the Syrian government, 62,516 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 continue withdrawing insurgents and their families from Eastern Qalamun area via Ruheiba humanitarian corridor.

Over the last 24 hours, 335 insurgents and their family members have left the area. All of them were transported by 11 buses escorted by Syrian security services and ambulances of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to the north of Aleppo province.

The insurgents handed 17 weapons, 2,800 munitions, 29 hand grenades, and 27 radio stations to representatives of the Russian Reconciliation Centre.

In total, 4,277 insurgents have left Eastern Qalamun since April 20.

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 provided security to humanitarian convoys of the United Nations moving to Tell Shihab and al-Tayba, Daraa province. Citizens have received food, household, and medical supplies. Total weight of the cargos has reached 201 tons.

The Russian Centre has held a humanitarian action in al-Dwayr refugee’s camp, Damascus province. Civilians have received 1,200 sets with body hygiene kits, household, and medical supplies.

Russian military medics have provided medical assistance to 97 Syrians, including 48 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, 170 people have returned to Homs province, 450 – to Deir ez-Zor province (Eastern shore of the River Euphrates), and 397 – 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, 191 people have left the area.

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