Bulletin of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (October 20, 2016)

Reconciliation of the opposing sides

Within last 24 hours, no truce agreements have been signed with representatives of inhabited areas in the Syrian Arab Republic.

The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, remained 817.

Negotiations on joining ceasefire regime have been continued with field commanders of armed groups in the Muaddamet al-Shikh (Damascus province) and detachments of armed opposition in the Homs, Aleppo, and al-Quneitra provinces.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings remained 69.

Ceasefire observation

‘Humanitarian pause’ was held today at 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Aleppo city. The “pause” has been prolonged for 24 hours. Since October 18, Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian government troops have stopped performing strikes on terrorists. By the start of the ‘humanitarian pause’, Syrian troops have withdrawn at the distance allowing insurgents and citizens to leave eastern areas of the city through 8 special corridors.

Eight wounded insurgents took advantage of the offer and received medical assistance, hot meal and new clothes. After that they were transported by bus through the southern corridor away from the city to the territory, which had been controlled by illegal armed groups.

Terrorists of Ahrar al-Sham grouping shot 14 representatives of local authorities of the eastern quarters of Aleppo for encouraging citizens and insurgents to leave the city area, which had been controlled by terrorists.

All humanitarian corridors were targeted permanently. Three officers of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides have been slightly injured by insurgents’ firing against the southern corridor near Suk al-Hai market. The officers have been delivered to the Hmeymim airbase. Their lives are no longer threatened.

Within last 24 hours, 43 shellings performed by illegal armed formations have been registered in the provinces of Aleppo (18), Damascus (19), Latakia (2), and Hama (4).

Armed formations, which had claimed to join the ceasefire regime, have fired improvised MLRS, mortars and small arms against Duma, Blelije, Jaubar, Bala al-Kadima and Kafr Batna inhabited areas, farm in Harasta, positions of the government troops near Kusair farms, and height 612 in the Damascus province; Hai al-Antari quarter of the Aleppo city.

Unmanned aerial vehicles fitted with explosive devices have been used in Ain al-Qantara inhabited area and Tubal fortress. Nobody was injured.

In the Aleppo city, armed formations of terrorist groupings have fired improvised MLRS, tube artillery, mortars and small arms against 3000, Suleiman Khalabi, al-Maidam, Sheikh Maqsood, Arian, al-Khalidiyah and Hai al-Antari quarters, cement plant, al-Assad military academy, Kastello trade center, and positions of the government troops near 1070, Ramusi, Leramon, Hai al-Ansari quarters, cement plant as well as near Binyamin inhabited area.

In the Damascus province, terrorists have shelled Haush Nasri, Jaubar, and Duma inhabited areas, medical service school in Harasta, sports ground in Jaubar, Ibn al-Walid hospital, and positions of the government troops in Jaubar.

Mardes inhabited area, thermal power station in Maharda, and positions of the government troops in Jaubar have been shelled in the Hama province.

Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Air Force did not make strikes on opposition armed formations, which follow ceasefire regime and informed the Russian or American Centres for reconciliation about their location.

Humanitarian aid to the population of Syria

Posts with hot meal and items of first necessity continue their work for civilians who leave the districts of the Aleppo city, which are under control of terrorist armed groupings.

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