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Report of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic

General information on the application of measures for the reconciliation of opposing sides

By noon on February 28, 2016, the Russian party has received appeals from 17 “moderate” opposition military groups, which accepted the conditions of ceasefire.

Moreover, through the mediation of the Russian Federation, agreements on reconciliation were signed with elders of 35 settlements. As a result, irreconcilable members of military groups left the aforementioned regions. Those who stayed constituted self-defense units. In the settlements, establishment of local authorities, reconstruction of infrastructure and logistics is continued; locals are provided with medical treatment.

On February 27, Russian Centre received from the USA a list of 69 armed opposition groups which confirmed their loyalty and agreement with the terms of the ceasefire in Syria by the general committee of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces and/or directly the USA.

At that moment the information is being analyzed by Russian Centre in Syria.

Results of ceasefire monitoring

In the course of 24 hours, 9 events of violation were registered.

On the 27th of February from 6.25 till 11.30 a.m. 6 mortar and MLRS attacks on inhabited areas in city Damascus (Karadzh, Abasin, Asiya, Dzhaubar, Mamunia, Maisilun) were registered.

In total, there were 20 explosions of artillery munitions, 2 civilians were killed and 8 – wounded.

The fire was delivered from the areas of Dzhaubar and Eastern Guta, which are occupied by groups of the «moderate» opposition, which included in the American list of of those who joined the ceasefire regime. Upon the request of Russian Center, the Syrian government forces did not shoot back. 

The group of militants (up to 100 men strong) crossed the frontier of Syria from the Turkey in the Raqqah province. Then the group was reinforced (the number of people reached up to 250) and ceased the northern part of Et-Tell-al-Abiyada (82 km to the north from the city of Raqqah). The actions of militants were supported by the shellfire from the Turkish side. Kurdish rebel groups knocked militants out from the town and blocked them in Munbatih. 

Militants of the international terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra engaged the Desert Falcons militia detachment with a mortar fire near the village Kbana (Aleppo province) from the territory controlled by the «moderate» opposition. The mortar-fire killed and wounded many members of the militia and civilians.

On the highway, 1 km to the east from Homs, a suicide bomber set off a car bomb moving from the area controlled by the «moderate» opposition.

The American reconciliation group in the city of Amman (Kingdom Jordan) has been informed about all facts of ceasefire violation.

In general, the ceasefire regime is being observed in Syria, however some violations by «moderate» opposition and by international terrorist organizations are being registered.

Humanitarian aid to the population of Syria

Russian Centre organized delivery of humanitarian aid to al-Housseiniyeh (Damascus province). The distribution of food and bottled water was carried out.

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