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Briefing by Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (March 9, 2018)

Peaceful settlement of the conflict and rendering of comprehensive assistance are the main vectors of work in the Syrian Arab Republic.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides and Refugee Migration Monitoring has held no humanitarian actions over the past day.

In total, since the Russian Centre for Reconciliation started settlement process, it carried out 2078 humanitarian actions. The total weight of humanitarian cargo delivered amounts to 3,294.8 tons.

Social infrastructure is being recovered to create favourable conditions for returnees.  As for March 8, 2019, 31,353 houses, 823 educational facilities and 145 medical centres has been recovered. Besides, 1,017km of roads have been repaired.

Refugees are making their way back home. Ten check points including one at the Damascus International Airport and the Baniyas maritime one are operating with support of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides. As for March 82, 2019, 2019, in total 225,896 Syrians returned.

In order to prevent a humanitarian disaster in the Rukban refugee camp, a humanitarian corridor and the Jleb mobile checkpoint are set up, where also specially formed columns of buses are also sent for the voluntary and unimpeded return of temporarily displaced persons from the al-Tanf area to the places of their permanent residence.

The Syrian government guarantees the security of temporarily displaced persons and a simplified procedure for the restoration of documents.

However, despite the measures taken, the evacuation of refugees from the Rukban camp is actually blocked because of the American side, which does not allow buses to evacuate refugees and refuses to ensure the safe movement of humanitarian convoys inside the 55-kilometer zone around its base in al-Tanf.

Despite the ceasefire regime being established throughout the country, there are still cases of ceasefire regime violation by illegal armed formations in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Over the past day, terrorists attacked Safsafa, Aki Bair, Kinsiba and Kermel (two times) in Latakia province, Achan, Tell Bizam and al-Hudar Mar Zliya in Hama province, Vrede, Nic and al-Buraidj in Aleppo province, al-Salahiyah, al-Wasita, Sukkary, Abu Omar, Niha and al-Fhail in Idlib province.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides urges leaders of illegal armed formations operating  in the Idlib de-escalation zone to cease hostilities and move towards peaceful settlement of the situation in areas they occupy.

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