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23.01.2019 (00:35)

Briefing by Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (January 22, 2019)

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

Representatives of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation carried out a humanitarian action in the settlement of al-Deyr-al-Asad, Daraa province. People received 500 food sets.

In total, since the Russian Centre for Reconciliation started settlement process, it carried out 2,050 humanitarian actions. The total weight of humanitarian cargo delivered amounts to 3,234.2 tons.

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 January 21, 2019, in total 218,360 Syrians returned.

As part of the implementation of the decree of the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, the Syrian authorities continue to work on amnesty for those who evade from military service, including those among refugees and former members of illegal armed groups. As for January 21, 2019, in total 29,337 were granted amnesty.

Social infrastructure is being recovered to create favourable conditions for returnees.As for January 21, 2019, 31,082 houses, 724 educational facilities and 133 medical centres has been recovered. Besides, 980km of roads have been repaired.

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 have attacked Jubb-al-Mgara and Bsharfa in Latakia province, Zor al-Mahruqah, Abu-Omar and Jubbai in Hama province as well as southwestern (three times) and northwestern outskirts of Aleppo. As a result of the shelling at Eyn-al-Naur in Latakia province, one soldier of the SAR armed forces died, as a result of the shelling at Hiha settlement in Hama province - two servicemen of the SAR armed forces were wounded.

The situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone escalated sharply.

The Jabhat al-Nusra groups simultaneously attacked positions of government troops in areas close to Abu-Duhur and Abu-Sharjah. Armed groups numbering 150-200 fighters on 15-20 pickups with heavy machine guns operated in each area.

During the attack in the area of Abu-Dukhur militants used a suicide bomber on a car bomb, which was destroyed by ATGM fire in front of the frontline of the government forces.

The terrorists managed to penetrate the defence of the Syrian army to a depth of 1.5 km, after which they were stopped by fire and thrown back beyond the contact line by the approached reserves.

In the area of settlement Abu-Sharjah, the fire of the units of the Syrian armed forces, the attack of the militants was thwarted. Having suffered losses, the terrorists retreated to their original positions.

The Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides organized interaction with the Turkish side, which is timely provided with information on the situation in the areas of Abu-Dukhur and Abu-Sharj.

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