Russia, Turkey report 14 ceasefire breaches in Syria per day

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MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Russian servicemen have recorded seven ceasefire violations in Syria, another seven breaches have been recorded by Turkey, but they have not been confirmed by Russia, the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria said in its daily bulletin posted on the Russian Defense Ministry’s website.

“The Russian part of the joint Russian-Turkish commission in charge of issues related to violations of the comprehensive agreement has registered seven violations over the past 24 hours in the Hama (four) and Latakia (three) provinces,” the bulletin said. “The Turkish side has recorded seven violations in the provinces of Damascus, Hama and Aleppo.”

It noted though that Russia has not confirmed seven violations registered by Turkish representatives.

Over the past 24 hours, another populated locality, Rastin (Latakia province), has joined the reconciliation process. The number of inhabited localities that have joined the reconciliation process has climbed to 1,135, the Russian Reconciliation Center said.

As part of Russia’s humanitarian effort, 7.8 tonnes of humanitarian aid have been passed to civilians in the city of Aleppo, and 1.2 tonnes – in the Rastin populated locality (Latakia province). In addition to that, toys and children’s clothes have been handed over to civilians at the al-Zagra temporary accommodation facility in the city of Homs.

 

US-led coalition targeted Syrian infrastructure but not IS oilfields – Russian general

 

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The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman thus commented on a statement by CIA Director John Brennan alleging that Russia was using a “scorched-earth policy” in Syria

MOSCOW, January 4. /TASS/. The US-led international coalition was bombing the entire Syrian infrastructure, except for oil extraction facilities seized by militants of the Islamic State (a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia), Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday.

The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman thus commented on a statement by CIA Director John Brennan alleging that Russia was using a “scorched-earth policy” in Syria.

“Outgoing CIA Director Brennan knows well that long before the operation of the Russian air task force in Syria, the international coalition had been methodically and consistently destroying the entire economic infrastructure of Syria since 2012 to maximally weaken its legitimate government, in spite of all the ensuing hardships for civilians that resulted in the flows of millions of refugees. Surprisingly, the bombings by the United States and the coalition did not target oil extraction facilities already seized by the ISIL and allowing militants to earn tens of millions of US dollars monthly from the illegal sale of oil and use this money to recruit mercenaries from all over the world,” he said.

The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman also noted that US planes had used nuclear munitions in Japan in 1945, destroying the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Apart from that, the US military carried out Operation Ranch Hand in Laos and Vietnam in 1962-1971 with the use of chemicals, “which were really scorching everything alive there,” he said.

“Moreover, no one in the United States has been punished for this gravest war crime,” the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.

“I also want to mention that the largest wars of the past few decades unleashed by the United States due to false CIA data in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya started, continued and ended everywhere with the destruction of these countries’ economic infrastructure by the US Air Force,” he added.

“And it is hardly accidental that major US companies close to the CIA and the Pentagon strangely turned out to be the first in the line for contracts for restoring the largest facilities of the economy and infrastructure,” the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.

The real results of Russia’s operation in Syria were outlined at a final board meeting of Russia’s Defense Ministry at the end of 2016, the spokesman said.

Thus, it was with the assistance of the Russian air task force that the Syrian government troops liberated over 12,000 sq. km. of the Syrian territory, 499 communities and eliminated 35,000 militants, including 204 field commanders, the general said.

“But the main result is that it has become possible without the incumbent US administration and, to be more exact, without the CIA, to conclude for the first time jointly with Iran and Turkey an agreement with the Syrian opposition on the ceasefire that has come into force from December 30 and on preparations for negotiations in Astana on settling the Syrian conflict,” the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Repels Attacks on Gov’t Positions in Damascus

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Repels Attacks on Gov't Positions in Damascus

(FNA)- Syrian army soldiers repelled terrorists’ massive attack on their positions in Damascus after hours of clashes, inflicting major losses on them.

The ISIL terrorists’ large-scale attack to capture the government forces’ positions in Eastern Ghouta was fended off by the strong defense of the Syrian military men.

Meantime, the Syrian army and popular forces continued their military advances in other parts of Syria, including Aleppo and Raqqa, over the past 24 hours.

Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army’s operations in Syria’s key provinces.

Damascus

Syrian Army troops repelled Jeish al-Islam’s offensive on their positions in Eastern Ghouta and then in a rapid counterattack pushed the militants back from the battlefield, capturing the Air Defense Battalion Base to the Northeast of Damascus city.

The army men fended off Jeish al-Islam’s attack on their strongholds in Eastern Ghouta, killing and wounding a number of militants near the Air Defense Battalion Base.

Then, the army troops launched a powerful counterattack on the militants’ lines, targeting the farms and military base Northeast of the militant-held town of Hazrama.

The army’s rapid counterattack resulted in the capture of the Air Defense Base in Hazrama’s Northeastern outskirts.

Aleppo

Syrian Army troops and popular forces are getting ready to carry out a fresh round of offensives to liberate the territories that are still under the control of ISIL and Jeish al-Fatah in different parts of Aleppo province, a military source disclosed on Tuesday.

The source said that the pro-government forces that recently liberated the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city are about to launch large-scale offensives against ISIL positions in Eastern and Northeastern Aleppo and Jeish al-Fatah positions in Southern and Southwestern Aleppo.

The sources added that liberation of the Eastern districts of Aleppo was a great victory, but anti-terrorism battles in Aleppo province are still underway.

“The Jeish al-Fatah terrorists are still present in large regions in Aleppo province, in the meantime ISIL controls the key regions of al-Bab and Deir Hafer that are the gate to Raqqa province,” they said, adding, “Around 6,000 Syrian forces are deployed in Kuweires airbase in Eastern Aleppo to launch their operation.”

Based on reports, the Syrian military forces are about to start an operation from the Northern direction to free the towns of Deir Hafer and al-Bab, while other units will kick off their operation from the South to take back the districts of Rashedeen 4 and 5 and then Khan Touman.

Raqqa

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have driven ISIL out of 110 villages in the course of the Euphrates Rage Operation in Raqqa province since November 5, the Kurdish sources disclosed Tuesday.

The SDF in its latest statement announced that the Kurdish fighters have taken control of 110 villages, tens of farms and key hills in the Euphrates Rage Operation since November 5th, while ISIL has suffered 277 casualties in the operation.

The SDF also advanced significantly against ISIL in the second phase of its Raqqa operation.

Homs

The ISIL terrorist group suffered a heavy death toll and its military hardware sustained major damage after its attack on government positions in Eastern Homs was warded off by the Syrian Army troops.

The army soldiers fended off ISIL’s offensive on their positions in the town of Jubb al-Jarrah, killing a number of them after hours of heavy fighting.

In the meantime, other units of the army targeted a gathering of ISIL in the Eastern direction of the Fourth Station West of Palmyra (Tadmur), leaving tens of militants dead and their vehicles destroyed.

Quneitra

Terrorists targeted several masts of power lines in Southwestern Damascus, cutting off transmission of electricity to Quneitra province in Southern Syria.

Terrorist groups affiliated to Fatah al-Sham Front (previously known as the al-Nusra Front) detonated the power transmission masts to Quneitra province in al-Khazrajiyeh region in Western Ghouta.

A source in Quneitra province said that the terrorists detonated the bombes in three major transmission masts of electricity lines in al-Khazrajiyeh.

In the meantime, terrorist groups deployed in Sa’asa’a prevented maintenance units to repair a high voltage electricity mast in Quneitra that was destroyed by militants a couple of days ago.

Hama

Syrian Army troops and Air Force targeted ISIL’s positions and the concentration centers of other militant groups that had breached the newly-brokered ceasefire in different parts of Hama, inflicting major losses on the militants.

The army men fended off terrorists’ attack on government force’ positions in al-Sat’hiyat region Southwest of the town of al-Salamiyah, killing or wounding a number of them and forcing the rest to retreat from the battlefield.

The army’s artillery units also targeted militants’ gatherings and movements in al-Dalak and Eidoun flanks, killing a number of them and destroying their military equipment.

The army aircraft meantime, carried out several combat flights over the gatherings and movements of ISIL in the village of Hamadi Omar, killing several terrorists and destroying at least seven military vehicles.

The ISIL terrorists also came under air raid in the town of Aqayrabat and sustained major casualties.

Bulletin of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (December 6, 2016)

Reconciliation of the opposing sides

Within last 24 hours, truce agreements have been signed with representatives of 6 inhabited areas of the Latakia (2), Damascus (2), and Homs (2) provinces.

The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 1032.

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

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings remained 88.

Ceasefire observation

Within last 24 hours, 36 shellings performed by illegal armed formations have been registered in the provinces of Aleppo (19), Damascus (16), and al-Quneitra (1).

In the Damascus province, armed formations of the Jaysh al-Islam grouping, which had claimed to be the opposition one, have fired mortars and small arms against Jaubar (twice), Kabun, and al-Qasa.

Ahrar al-Sham armed formations have fired mortars against al-Sakhine quarter in the Aleppo city. Free Syrian Army armed formations have shelled Hai Saif al-Daula quarter in the Aleppo city.

In the Aleppo province, terrorist groupings of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Jabhat al-Nusra) and ISIS have fired MLRS, mortars, antitank grenade launchers and small arms against Ansar inhabited area, Binyamin (twice), Leramon, Aqyul (twice), Karim Muhas, Tarba Lul, Tarik al-Bab, Dahiya al-Assad, Karim Katariji, and Ashrafiyah quarters, al-Assad military academy, area of the paperboard plant and gas factory, electricity station in Sheikh Said quarter, and Kastello trade center in the Aleppo city.

In the Damascus province, terrorists have shelled Haush Harabu, Arbil (two times), Haush Nasri, Jaubar (three times), Bala al-Kadima (two times), Mazraad Mahmud, al-Wafidin camp and highway near Harasta.

Terrorists have also shelled Hadar in the al-Quneitra 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

Within last 24 hours, three humanitarian events have been held, in course of which civilians have received humanitarian aid:

– in Hananu 3 quarter of the Aleppo city – about 3 tons;

– in Sheikh Maqsood quarter of the Aleppo city – about 2 tons;

– in the State Hospital in Masyaf in the Hama province – about 1 ton.

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.

Additional information

Within last 24 hours, 302 civilians have left the blocked areas of the Eastern Aleppo under the auspices of the Russian Centre for reconciliation. More than 1,100 civilians have returned to their houses in the eastern areas of Aleppo, which had been liberated from insurgents.

In accordance to the decision of the President of Syria, 10 insurgents, who had laid down their arms, have been granted amnesty.

Russian Reconciliation center delivers over 150 tonnes of humanitarian cargo to Aleppo

A sea transport has delivered a total of 280 tonnes of articles of daily necessity, including food

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ALEPPO /Syria/, December 4. /TASS/. A convoy of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria has delivered more than 150 tonnes of humanitarian aid to residents of eastern Aleppo. A sea transport has delivered a total of 280 tonnes of articles of daily necessity, including food.

“The cargo was delivered from Russia at the beginning of this week by a sea transport with the use of dry-cargo vessels. A total of 15 40-foot containers with humanitarian aid have been delivered for Aleppo residents affected by the hostilities,” representative of the Russian Armed Forces’ Military Transportation Service, Major Eduard Goryunov, said.

The humanitarian cargo weighing over 280 tonnes includes rice, sugar, wheat flour, canned food, tea, that is, all kinds of food the city’s residents need badly, said representative of the Russian Reconciliation Center, Major Andrei Glushkov. Bags and boxes with foodstuffs were reloaded from shipping containers into trucks and delivered to the refugee camps.

The Russian military deployed 150 field kitchens providing hot meals in the centers for internally displaced persons. Delivery of warm clothes, drinking water and food has been organized. The sick and wounded get medical care.

To date, the Syrian government troops have liberated more than 40% of Aleppo’s eastern neighborhoods, which are home to nearly 90,000 people.

 

Russia: West Threatens Moscow with Sanctions over Syrian Army Advance in Aleppo

    Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday that western countries are urging to impose sanctions against Russia after 80,000 civilians were liberated in Syria’s Aleppo.

Major-General Igor Konashenkov said over the past 24 hours, the Syrian army had been able to liberate from militants almost half of Eastern Aleppo where 80,000 civilians reside, Al Masdar reported.

“Now it turned out that the release of over 80,000 Aleppo residents held hostage by gunmen was not part of the plans of the UK and French Foreign Ministries, the US Department of State and the German Bundestag. They even urged to impose new sanctions for that,” the spokesman said.

According to Konashenkov, there are tens of thousands of children in the liberated areas.

“Many of them were provided, for the first time in a long while, with food, drinking water and medical assistance in the humanitarian centers deployed by Russia. Over the past few years, these Syrians have been used as human shield by terrorists of every stripe and color in Aleppo. It was they who were allegedly protected by all Western politicians,” he said.

Bulletin of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (November 13, 2016)

Reconciliation of the opposing sides

Within last 24 hours, truce agreements have been signed with representatives of 4 inhabited areas of the Latakia (3) and al-Suwayda (1) provinces.

The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 933.

Negotiations on joining ceasefire regime have been continued with field commanders of armed groups in the Muaddamiyah al-Sham inhabited area in the Damascus province, and detachments of the 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

Within last 24 hours, 42 shellings performed by illegal armed formations have been registered in the provinces of Aleppo (17), Damascus (17), Latakia (5), Daraa (1) and Hama (2).

Armed formation of the Jaysh al-Islam grouping, which had claimed to observe the ceasefire, has fired mortars and small arms against Jaubar, Blelije, Mazraat Mahmud, highway near Duma, and positions of the government troop near height 612 in the Damascus province.

Ahrar al-Sham armed formation has fired mortars against Azizi in the Aleppo province.

Moreover, Ahrar al-Sham formation has fired mortars, air defence systems and improvised MLRS against Quinsibba and Rasha in the Latakia province. This armed formation has also used an UAV fitted with an explosive device in Ain al-Qantara in the Latakia province.

In the Damascus province, armed formations of terrorist groupings have fired improvised MLRS, mortars and small arms against Arbil, Haush Nasri and Harabu inhabited areas, Ibn al-Walid hospital and Kusair farm near Duma, electricity station and sports ground in Jaubar.

Ansar inhabited area, Manyan, Dahiya al-Assad, 1070, Leramon, al-Maidam, Ashrafiyah, and al-Masharqa quarters of the Aleppo city, al-Assad military academy, Kastello trade center, Higma School, areas of the paperboard plant, and the SIRIATEL mobile communications station have been shelled in the Aleppo province.

Terrorists have also shelled against Mardes and Suran (Hama province), Barza Tahtani (Latakia province), and Osman (Daraa 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

Two humanitarian events have been held in the Aleppo city (Tishrin kindergarten and camp for refugees near al-Muhafaza), in course of which citizens had received about 4 tons of humanitarian aid (food products and items of first necessity).