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Briefing by Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (April 13, 2018)

The Russian Сentre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides continues working on peaceful settlement of the conflict and stabilizing humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic.

The ceasefire regime is being established throughout the country. However, the Russian-Turkish-Iranian Coordination Centre has registered several cases of ceasefire violation in the provinces of Idlib, Latakia, Hama and Daraa over the last 24 hours.

Situation in the Eastern Ghouta is stabilizing. Hostilities in Douma have been ceased. In total 410 civilians have returned back to their homes.

In order to enable people to return back to peaceful life in Douma as soon as possible, a convoy of the Russia CSS battalion has arrived in the city. New administration of the city received a front loader and a bulldozer as well as construction materials.

The Russian military police deployed in the city control observation of ceasefire regime, ensure security, organize assistance for civilians and keep a record of refugee flow.

Russia is ready to ensure security for representatives of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the city of Douma who are to work in the area in the near future.

It is to be stressed that Russian specialists and medics found no signs of poisonous agents following the results of interrogation of witnesses, analyses of samples and examination of sites in Douma.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides and Russian military police continues withdrawal of the Jaysh al-Islam militants with their families from Douma under security measures via the Muhayam al-Wafedin humanitarian corridor.

Over the last 24 hours, 3,508 militants with families have left the city by 86 buses. They were escorted by the Syrian patrol cars, SARC ambulance cars and Russian military police to the northern part of Aleppo province.

When withdrawing from the city, the Jaysh al-Islam militants handed over more than 19 weapons, 7,800 pieces of ammo, seven hand grenades and 37 radio stations to the Russian Centre for Reconciliation.

In total since the beginning of the humanitarian operation in the Eastern Ghouta, 63,560 militants with their families have left the area.

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.

A working meeting took place in the city of Aleppo where a ceasefire agreement has been signed with the settlement of Samad, Aleppo province.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation has provided a humanitarian assistance to residents of Ashrafiyah, Homs province. People received 445 food sets. The total weight of cargo amounted to 1.9 tons.

Citizens of Khusham, Deir ez-Zor province, received drinking water.

The Russian military medics provided medical aid to 123 Syrians including 95 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, 47 people have returned to Idlib province, 180 people – to Homs province, and 510 people – to the province of Deir ez-Zor (on the eastern shore of the Euphrates).

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