Syrian Front: Deadly Attacks Continue Against Civilians in Sheikh Maqsood (Aleppo)

Report of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (April 2, 2016)

General information on the application of measures for the reconciliation of opposing sides

Truce agreement has been signed with elders of an inhabited locality of the Hama province. The total number of settlements, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 56.

Consultations with administrations of the Damascus and Daraa provinces have been held. The sides discussed issues of ceasefire joining.

Negotiations with field commanders of two armed formations active in the Hama provinces are continued. The parties discussed issues of ceasefire regime joining.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings has remained 44.

Results of ceasefire monitoring

In general, the ceasefire regime in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic has been observed. In the course of last 24 hours, 7 ceasefire violations have been registered (Aleppo – 3, Latakia and Damascus – 2 for each).

Militants of Ahrar al-Sham grouping, which had claimed to belong to the opposition, after shelling with multiple launch rocket systems from al-Jandul launched an offensive on Sheikh Maqsood (Aleppo).

After a two-hour long combat militants returned to the positions, which they had kept before. A member of the Kurdish militia detachment was killed and two civilians were wounded during the combat.

Sheikh Maqsood (near Farauni Mosque) suffered mortar shelling conducted by Shugada Badrrayon Brigade. One civilian was wounded.

Militants of Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki performed mortar shelling against positions of the government troops near al-Bohos (Aleppo) from Rashidin.

In the Latakia province, armed formations of Ahrar al-Sham grouping opened fire with mortars and large-caliber machine guns against positions of the government troops in Mazraat Omaro and Sandran.

Jaysh al-Islam militants opened fire with mortars and small arms against al-Sakhiyah and Muazamiyah (Damascus) from Zibdin.

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

Additional information

Leadership of the Russian and American Coordination Centres discussed ceasefire violations, which had taken place in several Syrian regions.

Military servicemen of the Syrian engineer troops continue mine-clearing operations near Palmyra. The sappers have defused 1230 mines and improvised explosive devices in the city, which had been liberated from terrorists.

Armed formations of Jabhat al-Nusra continue performing acts of provocations in the north-west of the Aleppo province.

Handrat suffered mortar shelling three times from Muhain Handrat. Two civilians were wounded.

Mortar fire was opened twice from suburbs of Kafr Hamra against positions of the government troops near Hara village.

The Russian Centre continues receiving information from citizens of Fua about mortar shelling. Within last 24 hours, the Centre has received information about three shellings performed from Binnish (Idlib province).

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation


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Russian center: Terrorist organizations committed serious breaches of cessation of hostilities
2 April، 2016
Lattakia, SANA

The Russian coordination center at Hmeimim Airbase in Lattakia affirmed that terrorist organizations have committed serious breaches of the cessation of hostilities during the past few days.

In a statement issued on Saturday evening, the center said that a number of armed groups, including some that label themselves as “moderate opposition,” have attack Syrian Arab Army positions.

The center said that Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations carried out artillery shelling that last for half an hour on Syrian Army positions in the areas of al-Eiss, Abu Rwail, and Khan Touman in Aleppo province, which forced the army units to leave al-Eiss and move to the north, as the army has orders not to retaliate to provocations.

The center went on to say that “Ahrar al-Cham Islamic Movement” group fired rocket shells on al-Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood in Aleppo, killing one member of the Kurdish protection units and injuring two civilians, while 3 shells fired by the same group on Handarat area in Aleppo countryside injured two civilians.

The center said that it marked an escalation in tensions during the past two weeks, with 12 people being killed and 21 others being injured in attacks by armed groups during that timeframe.

The statement also warned that Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization has taken control of various groups that had previously been classified as “opposition” to south and west of Aleppo, noting that the center has repeatedly informed the US of this development.

Up until Friday, the center has documented 347 breaches of the cessation of hostilities agreement by armed groups, most of which took place in Aleppo, Damascus, Damascus Countryside, Homs, and Lattakia.

Hazem Sabbagh


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A child killed, several people injured in terrorist shelling in Aleppo city
2 April، 2016
Aleppo, SANA

A number of mortar and rocket shells were fired on al-Sheik Maqsoud neighborhood in Aleppo city on Saturday, in a new breach of the cessation of hostilities agreement by the terrorist organizations.

According to local sources, 5 shells landed in the neighborhood, which is located on the northern outskirts of the city.

The shelling was carried out by terrorist groups positioned in adjacent neighborhoods who have earlier agreed to the cessation of hostilities, which came into effect on February 27.

The attack killed a child and left a number of people injured, most of them are women and children, in addition to causing material damage to several houses.

Over 347 breaches of the cessation of hostilities by terrorist groups have been observed since the agreement was enforced. Most of the incidents took place in Aleppo, Damascus, Homs and Lattakia, according to the Russian coordination center at Hmeimim base.

H. Said


ISIS mine blast kills one civilian, injures another in Hasaka
2 April، 2016
Hasaka, SANA

One civilian was killed when a landmine of those left behind by ISIS terrorists went off in the southwestern countryside of the northeastern Hasaka province.

Another civilian was severely injured in the blast, which took place in al-Noufaliyeh village, according to a source at Hasaka Police Command.

H. Said


Russian-provided humanitarian supplies distributed in Daraa
2 April، 2016
Daraa, SANA

Humanitarian aid sent by the Russian government was delivered to Qarfa town in the southern Daraa province on Saturday.

600 shares of supplies were distributed to needy families and displaced people in the town.

Governor of Daraa Mohammad Khaled al-Hannous thanked the Russian side for its military support against terrorism as well as the humanitarian assistance it offers.

Russian Col. Yuri Fedorovich, who is in charge of organizing humanitarian aid, stressed that the people of Russia and Syria are friends, expressing hope that the reconciliation efforts taking place in Syria will help in ending the crisis there.

This is the second shipment of aid provided by the Russian side, according to Director of Social Affairs Department Nibal al-Hariri.

H. Said


Syrian Army Takes Control Over Mountain Range Near Al-Qaryatayn


The army establishes control over more areas in Homs, kills 40 ISIS terrorists in Deir Ezzor
2 April، 2016
Provinces, SANA

Military operations across the country continued on Saturday, with the army units targeting terrorist organizations’ positions and dens, leaving many of their members dead or wounded.

Homs

Army units, in cooperation with the supporting forces, established control over Thaniet Homs Hill and killed members of ISIS terrorist groups who infiltrated towards al-Jbeil Mountain and Point 861 in the surroundings of al-Qaryatain city in the central Homs province, a military source announced on Saturday.

The mines and explosive devices planted by ISIS in the hill were removed and defused.

Later, the source said the areas of Jabal al-Rmeileh, Maqtal al-Wassadi al-Mazare’, Sin al-Kharroubi al-Kabir and al-Hizam al-Beed in the vicinity of al-Qaryatain city came in the army’s hands.

The army’s air force also targeted gatherings of ISIS terrorists and destroyed their vehicles to the west of al-Sukhneh town and Arak oil station in the countryside of Palmyra.

Vehicles equipped with machine guns were also hit and destroyed in al-Shindakhiyeh al-Shamaliyeh village, located in Jebb al-Jarrah area.

Hama

Gatherings of ISIS terrorists and a number of their vehicles, some equipped with heavy machine guns, were hit in army airstrikes in Jana al-Albawi, Oqeirbat and al-Rahjan villages in the eastern countryside of Hama province, according to the source.

An army unit, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, carried out a special operation in the surroundings of al-Emiyeh and al-Eliyeh villages to the east of al-Saan town during which dozens of ISIS terrorists were killed and a vehicle transporting others was destroyed.

In the same context, a source on the ground said army units clashed with ISIS terrorist groups in the surroundings of the villages of Abu Hbeilat, Abu Hanaya and Qleib al-Thawr in the eastern countryside of Hama, leaving many of the groups’ members dead or wounded.

Another army unit repelled an ISIS attack on its military posts to the south of al-Sheikh Hilal village in same countryside. Many of the terrorists were killed, while the rest fled.

Deir Ezzor/Raqqa

The army’s air force carried out sorties targeting ISIS hideouts in al-Mrei’iyeh village in the eastern countryside of the eastern Deir Ezzor province.

Many terrorists were killed or injured in the airstrikes, as their vehicles, which had machine guns mounted on them, were destroyed, according to the military source.

In the meantime, a field source told SANA that an army unit, based on accurate intelligence information, targeted an ISIS hideout in al-Hosseiniyeh village on the northern outskirts of Deir Ezzor city.

40 terrorists of different nationalities were killed as the hideout was destroyed during the operation. 18 of the dead are from “Ashbal al-Khilafa” group as called by ISIS.

Local sources in al-Asharah village in southeastern Deir Ezzor said the popular resistance in the eastern region killed several ISIS terrorists in an ambush, including the Saudi Mohssen al-Najadi, who is responsible for recruiting young militants in ISIS.

At least 30 terrorists were killed on Friday due to clashes between their groups in Mohassan city.

Another 13 ISIS terrorists were killed Friday evening in a blast of a vehicle which they were rigging as a car bomb in al-Bu-Omar village to the east of Deir Ezzor.

In the neighboring Raqqa province, the army’s air force destroyed ISIS positions at al-Tabqa Airport in the province’s western countryside, leaving a number of terrorists dead or injured.


Russian Combat Experts to Lead Imminent Anti-ISIL Operation in Homs

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian military experts have arrived in Southeastern Homs province and have been deployed at the government forces’ headquarters to lead the Syrian army’s imminent operation to liberate the ancient Assyrian town of Quaryatayn.

Over 4,500 military personnel have been deployed to the Eastern Qalamoun front and the Syrian army is preparing for their final assault to liberate Quaryatayn from the ISIL terrorists.

The Syrian Armed Forces will be responsible for carrying out this large-scale military operation, the Russian military advisers, who played an integral role in the government’s victory at Palmyra (Tadmur), will also supervise the operation.

On Friday, the Russian military advisers made their way to the important town of Quaryatayn.

According to a military source at the T-4 Military Airport in Eastern part of Homs, the Russian special forces contingent departed from the recently liberated city of Palmyra to advise the Syrian soldiers in Quaryatayn battlefield.

These military advisers will be responsible for calling in airstrikes and directly Syrian Army units in battle.

On March 27, the General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces confirmed the recapture of the ancient city of Palmyra and the mountains and hills overlooking it.

“Security and stability has been restored to Palmyra following a series of precise and effective military operations that were carried out by the army units with the help of the popular defense groups, being backed by the Syrian and Russian Air Forces,” the Army Command said in a statement.

The ISIL terrorist group was dealt quite a heavy blow with army’s capture of Palmyra, said the Army Command, adding that the achievement severely damaged the terrorists’ morale and pressed the start button for the organization’s collapse and defeat.

“This achievement proves that our brave army, aided by the friends, is the only effective force capable of fighting terrorism and eradicating it,” the statement said.

The Army Command clarified that the importance of achievement stems from the significant strategic location of Palmyra city being a major link connecting the Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern areas, and from the historical and tourist status of the city as it stands witness to one of the most ancient human civilizations ever.

With Palmyra city under control, military operations against ISIL will expand starting from this springboard towards various axes and directions, on top being Deir Ezzur and Raqqa, especially that this victory helps in further tightening the noose around ISIL terrorists and cutting off their supply routes in areas under their control until having these areas fully freed, the statement explained.

The statement made it clear that the army, together with the popular defense groups and the Russian and Syrian Air Forces, will go ahead with military operations against ISIL and al-Nusra Front and other terrorist organizations.


Russian Warplanes Bombard ISIL Positions in Raqqa – Kurdish Forces Liberate Sab’avy Village

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian fighter jets carried out a number of airstrikes on Friday night and Saturday morning, hitting several sites of the ISIL near the Hama-Raqqa axis in Northeastern Syria.

The Russian Air Force bombed heavily the Tabaqa Military Airport that is located in the Western part of Raqqa province and is used by the terrorist group to train new recruits and house a large number of their fighters.

The Russian Air Force has specifically targeted this military facility due to its strategic location and large stock of weapons, ammunition, and military supplies that the ISIL relies on. According to a military source from the Syrian Air Defense, the Russian fighter jets conducted several air raids over the Tabaqa Military Airport, striking any vehicles in the site.

The Russian air fleet also targeted the ISIL’s defense line in the Eastern part of Hama, killing a large number of ISIL combatants near Aqayrbat.

Last week, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) managed to seize back a strategic village in the Northern parts of Raqqa province.

The Kurdish forces in heavy clashes with the ISIL terrorists regained full control of Sab’avy village in Northern Raqqa.

Scores of the ISIL militants were killed and wounded in tough battle with the SDF and YPG forces.


ISIL Besieged by Syrian Army, Defense Forces, in Quaryatayn Battlefront

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army’s artillery and missile units opened heavy fire at the positions of the ISIL terrorists near the ancient Assyrian town of Quaryatayn in the Southwestern part of Homs province and forced them to remain behind their stronghold with the lowest military movements.

The Syrian artillery and missile shelling of the ISIL positions inflicted heavy casualties on the terrorists and did not leave any chance for them to regroup.

In the meantime, the Syrian fighter jets targeted ISIL gatherings and military vehicles in Quaryatayn.

Shelling and bombardment of the ISIL positions paved the way for the Syrian government forces to retake more lands near Quaryatayn.

Reports said earlier today that the Syrian army and its popular allies continued their advances against the ISIL terrorists in Western Homs province, inching closer to Quaryatayn.

“The Syrian Arab Army’s 43rd and 63rd brigades of the 4th Mechanized Division and popular forces have been storming the gates of Quaryatayn after launching a surprise assault at the Western perimeter of this ancient town this morning,” the sources said.

According to a military source from the 11th Tank Division, the Syrian Armed Forces managed to break-through the ISIL stiff lines of defense this morning, paving the way for them to reach Quaryatayn’s Western gates at 11 a.m. (Damascus Time).

The source further added that the Syrian Armed Forces received a major boost from the Russian helicopters that are participating in the battle for the first time.


90 Percent of Lattakia Province under Full Control of Syrian Army

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army have thus far pushed the terrorist groups back from more than 90 percent of Lattakia province’s territories and are resolved to continue their mop-up operations to take back the rest of the costal province, army sources said.

“The Syrian soldiers and the Hezbollah combatants have cleansed over 90 percent of Lattakia province after months of non-stop operations against the terrorist groups, which have inflicted major losses on the terrorists in large scale,” the sources said.

“In the meantime, the Syrian Navy commandoes and Hezbollah repelled rapid attack of al-Nusra Front on the government forces’ positions near Jabal al-Qal’ah in the Northeastern part of Lattakia, and forced the terrorist group to retreat the battlefield after leaving behind scores of the dead and wounded members,” the sources added.

The sources stressed that Eastern part of Jabal al-Qal’ah and Kabani are under full control of the government forces.

In relevant developments in last days of March the Syrian a and their allies forced terrorists to retreat from a number of points in the Northwestern province of Lattakia, and established control over more regions in the Northern parts of the province.

The pro-government forces captured Ruweisa Rashou and Jourata an-Nahlah and several more points in the Northern regions of Lattakia province inflicting heavy casualties on the terrorists and damage on their military hardware.