Syrian Front: Rising Civilian Deaths from Heavy Shelling of Sheikh Maqsood, Aleppo

Report of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (April 5, 2016)

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

Truce agreement has been signed with representatives of an inhabited locality of the Damascus province.

The total number of settlements, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 58.

Ceasefire agreements with field commanders of two armed formations (in total, up to 250 people) active in the Damascus, province on joining ceasefire regime have been achieved.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings has reached 47.

Results of ceasefire monitoring

The ceasefire regime has been observed in most provinces of the Syrian Arab Republic.

In the course of last 24 hours, 5 ceasefire violations have been registered (Latakia – 2, Daraa, Homs and Damascus – 1 for each).

In the Latakia province, unidentified armed formations continue shelling against units of the Syrian Armed Forces near Sandran and Mazraat Omaro.

In the Daraa province, militants of the Free Syrian Army opened fire with large-caliber machine guns against positions of the government troops near al-Makhatta.

Near Dar al-Kabira, an automobile of a citizen from Tahun Donguziyah has been destroyed in course of an attack carried out by illegal armed formations on the Homs-Hama highway (Homs province).

In the Damascus province, mortar fire was opened from Harzma, which had been controlled by Jaysh al-Islam, against Marg Sultan. A civilian was wounded.

Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Air Forces did not make strikes on 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

The Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides has held a session with representatives of the Ministry for National Reconciliation of the Syrian Arab Republic. The sides discussed issues of providing humanitarian aid to citizens of Palmyra.

Hospital of the Aleppo Medical University has received 2 tons of humanitarian cargos for the injured during attacks of terrorists.

Specialists of the Russian Centre in cooperation with the Hama province administration provided humanitarian aid to displaced persons near Dahriyah. People have received bread, canned food, rice and sugar.

Humanitarian convoy for citizens of the Hama province is being formed.

Additional information

Specialists of the International Mine Action Centre of the Russian Armed Forces started clearing infrastructure of Palmyra from mines. Within last 24 hours, the engineers have cleared 12 hectares of the historical part of the city. They have defused 158 explosive devices.

Tension escalation has been observed in Aleppo and its suburbs. Within last two weeks, 26 civilians were killed and 38 ones received wounds of varying severity during attacks of militants.

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation


Eleven civilians, including children and a pregnant woman, were killed as result of mortar attacks by opposition factions from the Syrian Coalition (Ahrar al-Sham, Liwa al-Fath, Liwa al-Sultan Murad, Division 16, Jaish al-Mujahideen, Group Fastqm Kama Omerat, Kataib Nur ad-Din Zanki and Northern Division) this morning (April 5) on Sheikh Maqsood neighborhood of Aleppo.

The attacks which have wounded 38 other civilians, ceaselessly continue at this time.



People’s Defense Units YPG

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Urgent Report to the Special Coordination Team for Syria Ceasefire on Civilians Casualties at Sheikh Maqsood
Syrian Front: Deadly Attacks Continue Against Civilians in Sheikh Maqsood (Aleppo)


Death toll from terrorist shelling in Aleppo reaches 14, is expected to rise
5 April، 2016
Aleppo, SANA

The death toll from the terrorist groups’ shelling of al-Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood in Aleppo city has risen to 14, in addition to more than 50 injured, according to local sources.

The shelling, which is a new violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement, has continued since morning, with tens of mortar and rocket shells have been fired on the targeted neighborhood from nearby areas where terrorist groups are positioned.

The death toll is expected to rise as some people are still under the debris of three buildings, which collapsed as a result of the shelling, the local sources told SANA.

H. Said


Thousands of Syrian Soldiers, Popular Forces Sent to North to Help Kurds Liberate  Aleppo City

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tens of Syrian army, popular forces and Hezbollah brigades along with hundreds of Iranian and Russian advisors have arrived in Aleppo province to start a massive operation to recapture the provincial capital city of Aleppo.

The Syrian army and National Defense Forces (NDF) have sent thousands of soldiers along with Russian and Iranian military advisors to the Southern Aleppo front in order to begin a large-scale military operation to push the Takfiri terrorists back from the remaining villages under ISIL’s control.

The Syrian army is preparing for massive offensive against the Takfiri terrorists’ military positions in Aleppo province as large reinforcements would arrive in the region soon.

Meantime, Aleppo’s joint operations room in a statement asked the people to leave the regions where terrorists are present because fierce clashes will take place in the coming hours.

The Syrian army and its allies reiterated in the statement that hellfire will be waiting for the terrorist groups in all Northern, Southern and Western warfronts in Aleppo province in coming hours.

In a relevant development earlier on Tuesday, the Syrian army and their allies, backed by Syrian and Russian air support, launched a comprehensive operation to recapture the strategic town of Al-Eis in Aleppo province.

“As a preliminary phase of the operation, the Syrian and Russian fighter jets conducted several airstrikes over the terrorists’ positions and their fortification in Al-Eis, and the nearby village of Banes, hitting a number of targets to facilitate the advance of the ground forces,” the source pointed out.

Later, the Syrian Army and National Defense Forces (NDF), took the initiative to attack the terrorist positions in al-Eis and its nearby areas and engaged in intense battles with terrorists to recapture the town South of Aleppo province.


ISIL Terrorists Fleeing Quaryatayn Abduct Tens of Christian Families to Raqqa

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL terrorists have abducted several Christian families before leaving the city of Quaryatayn in Western Homs, sources informed on Tuesday.

Tens of Christians were forced to leave their houses in Quaryatayn and go to Raqqa with the fleeing ISIL terrorists.

Most of the Christian citizens of Quaryatayn had abandoned the city before the ISIL captured it.

The Syrian Army alongside the National Defense Forces, backed up by the Russian and Syrian Air Forces, ended ISIL’s rule over the ancient Assyrian town of Quaryatayn on Sunday after days of non-stop battle.

“The Syrian army and the popular forces pushed the ISIL back from its strongholds in Quaryatayn,” sources said on Sunday, adding, “The town is now under full control of the government force.”

“The ISIL terrorists are fleeing from the battlefield in large groups,” the sources added.

They further said that the government forces are fortifying their positions across the newly-liberated town.

“The army engineering units have started to defuse a large number of land mines and explosive devices planed by the terrorists in the town’s streets and building,” the sources said.

“The army is engaged in mop-up operations in the Western part of the town to hunt the remaining pockets of ISIL terrorists, who are trapped in the tight siege of government troops,” they added.

Earlier reports said that large-scale operations of the Syrian government forces in the Southwestern part of Homs province forced the ISIL terrorists to leave behind military equipment and wounded members and flee the Quaryatayn battlefront to save their lives, army sources said.

“The ISIL terrorists are retreating from their strongholds in the surroundings of the ancient town of Quaryatayn and moving towards Khanizir region in the Eastern side of Quaryatayn and the town of Kafir in the Southern side of Quaryatayn,” the sources said.


Daesh Uses Mustard Gas in Syria, Iraq at Least Three Times in 2016

Da’esh Uses Poisonous Gas in Attack on Syrian Army’s Airbase in Deir Ezzor

Sputnik-Middle East

Daesh terrorists have already used chemical weapons at least three times in Iraq and Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Daesh militants have used sulfur mustard gas, a chemical warfare agent, at least three times in Syria and Iraq since the beginning of the year, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s department on arms control said Tuesday.

“In spite of the many crimes involving the use of chemical weapons that have been committed by terrorists on the territory of Syria and Iraq, the United Nations Security Council has not responded yet. It is becoming harder and harder to block the Russian proposals under the pressure of facts. According to our data, Daesh militants used the sulfur mustard at least three times in the first quarter of 2016. This is a dangerous chemical agent, the use of which is a serious crime,” Mikhail Ulyanov told RIA Novosti.

The statement comes a day after a military source told RIA Novosti that Daesh, a jihadist group banned in Russia, used a chemical substance in an attack against a Syrian army airbase in the province of Deir Ez-zor.

In March, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva that Moscow calls for a separate convention to cover the issue of chemical terrorism as the existing international law does not solve the issue.


EDITORIAL COMMENT ON THE FOLLOWING REPORTS:

I WILL NOT PUBLISH IMAGES OF THE PILOT WHO WAS CAPTURED BY DA’ESH.

NOT ONLY IS IT IN POOR TASTE, IT SERVES THE ENEMY AS ‘PROPAGANDA OF VICTORY’.

WORTHY OF NOTE IS THE AGE OF THE PILOT, AN ELDERLY, DIGNIFIED  MAN WHOSE TIME OF ACTIVE SERVICE SHOULD HAVE BEEN OVER. HE IS A TRUE HERO.

AS HE IS SERIOUSLY INJURED, ONE CAN HOPE THAT SYRIAN-RUSSIAN-NATIONAL DEFENSE FORCES LAUNCH AN IMMEDIATE RESCUE.

Syrian warplane targeted by surface-to-air missile in Aleppo countryside
Army General Command
5 April، 2016
Damascus, SANA

A military source said Tuesday that a Syrian warplane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in the countryside of Aleppo.

The source added that the surface-to-air missile was launched by the terrorist organizations. The plane had been on a reconnaissance mission over the countryside of Aleppo.

According to the source the pilot descended by parachute and work is underway to rescue him.

Manar / Ghossoun

Syrian Air Force Fighter jet crashed near Aleppo

MOSCOW, April 5. /TASS/. The fighter jet that crashed in Syria is a Su-22 of Syrian Air Force, a military-diplomatic source in Moscow told TASS on Tuesday.

“The jet does not belong to Russian Aerospace Defense Forces. According to preliminary information, it was a Su-22 of Syrian Air Force,” the source said.

Videos were earlier posted to social networks that show a fighter jet crashing near Aleppo. Several media reported that Syrian opposition groups downed a fighter jet of Syrian Air Force when launching an offensive at government positions to the south of Aleppo.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that Russian military aviation did not perform any tasks near Aleppo where the jet was downed.


Syrian Army Launches Operation to Recapture Al-Eis

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army forces and their allies, backed by Syrian and Russian air support, have launched a comprehensive operation to recapture the strategic town of Al-Eis in Aleppo province, a battlefield source said.

“As a preliminary phase of the operation, the Syrian and Russian fighter jets conducted several airstrikes over the terrorists’ positions and their fortification in Al-Eis, and the nearby village of Banes, hitting a number of targets to facilitate the advance of the ground forces,” the source pointed out.

Later, the Syrian Army and National Defense Forces (NDF), took the initiative to attack the terrorist positions in al-Eis and its nearby areas and engaged in intense battles with terrorists to recapture the town South of Aleppo province.

Sources said the Syrian forces have repeatedly repelled militants’ attacks in recent days and managed to kill a large number of them.

On November 12, the Syrian army troops backed by Hezbollah forces and Russian Air Force gained control over al-Eis, however they terrorist made several attempts to wreak havoc in the town.

Al-Eis turned into the scene of fierce clashes between pro-government and terrorists after the Syrian army and Hezbollah resistance movement forces made huge advances in the Southwestern part of Aleppo, and prevailed over Al-Hadher region, leading to terrorists withdrawal toward al-Eis town, West of al-Hadhar city.

The Syrian army and Hezbollah forces then captured al-Eis heights in a consequent move against terrorists.

The army lost the town last week.


ISIS loses dozens of vehicles and members in continued army operations
5 April، 2016
Provinces, SANA

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

Homs

The Syrian army’s air force destroyed Tuesday scores of ISIS vehicles and positions in the countryside of Homs province, a military source told SANA.

The source affirmed that airstrikes on ISIS gatherings in Palmyra countryside left more than 20 vehicles destroyed, some of them were equipped with machine guns, at the eastern side of the Third Station.

A number of ISIS terrorists were killed and their vehicles and positions were destroyed in airstrikes in al-Basiri, al-Sawaneh al-Sharqiyeh, Khneifes and Ark areas, some 31 Km northeast of Palmyra.

The Air Force, also, destroyed vehicles, positions and movement axes of ISIS terrorists at the eastern side of al-Qaryatain city.

More positions and fortified sites of ISIS terrorists were hit by the Air Force in Onq al-Hawa, al-Shindakhiyeh, Um al-Reesh and Um Shreej in the vicinity of Jebb al-Jarrah town, some 73 km east of Homs.

In the northern part of Homs, the Air Force destroyed positions of the so-called “Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement” and killed a number of its members in the vicinity of Deir Foul village in Talbiseh town, some 13 km away from the city of Homs.

Deir Ezzor/Raqqa

In the same context, the Air Force inflicted heavy losses within the ranks of ISIS terrorist organization in strikes against their gatherings and movement routes in the eastern Deir Ezzor and Raqqa provinces.

Air strikes on ISIS gatherings and routes of movement to the north of al-Jafra village, in al-Bogheiliyeh village and in the vicinity of Deir Ezzor Airport resulted in the death of a number of terrorists and destroying their vehicles equipped with machineguns, according to the military source.

In the neighboring Raqqa province, the Air Force conducted a raid against ISIS terrorists’ fortified sites at al-Tabqa Airport, some 55 km south west of Raqqa city, leaving a heavy machinegun-equipped vehicle destroyed and a number of ISIS terrorists dead or injured.

Sweida

An army unit carried out intensive operation against ISIS gatherings in Tal Ashihib al-Shamali and Thalfaa in the northeast countryside of Sweida, according to military source.

The source added that many terrorists were killed and others were injured as their weapons, ammunition, a vehicle equipped with a cannon and a mortar launchers were destroyed during the operation.


38 wanted persons from Qamishli have their legal status settled
5 April، 2016
Hasaka, SANA

38 wanted persons had their legal status settled in Qamishli city in Hasaka province on Tuesday.

Those persons vowed not to take part in any actions that would affect homeland security.

Hasaka Governor Mohammad Zaal al-Ali said that the homeland needs its people, especially in the current stage, to defend and build it, calling on social and local figures to play their part in communicating with wanted persons to encourage them to settle their status.

Qabas/ Hazem Sabbagh