Syrian Front: Da’esh Abduct 300 Civilians in Damascus Countryside, Attacks in Aleppo Continue

Report of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (April 7, 2016)

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

Truce negotiations with representatives of an inhabited area in the Hama province were continued.

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

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

Results of ceasefire monitoring

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

Within last 24 hours, 4 ceasefire violations have been registered (Latakia – 2, Homs – 1, Hama – 1).

Militants of Jaysh al-Islam grouping, which had claimed to belong to the opposition, opened fire with improvised multiple launch rocket systems against Tahun Donguziyah from Teir Maala (Homs province).

In the Hama province, militants of Free Syrian Army carried out mortar shelling against positions of the government troops from Kafr Nbuda.

Mortar shelling against positions of the Syrian Armed Forces near Sandran and Shmaisa (Latakia province) were continued.

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

In the Hama province, citizens of Deir al-Fardis received 3.7 tons of humanitarian aid.

Humanitarian convoys for citizens of the Damascus and Aleppo provinces are being formed.

Military transport aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces has delivered 15 tons of food products to the Hmeymim airfield for forming another humanitarian convoy.

Additional information

Militants of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groupings (not included in the Russian-American agreement on ceasefire in Syria) continue taking efforts to perform armed provocative actions and attacks against civilians and the government troops.

Within last 24 hours, near Aleppo, terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra took efforts to capture Handrat and Sheikh Maqsood.

According to the information, which had been received from citizens, more than 1,000 militants of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist grouping are concentrated in Muheim Handrat, Jandul, Hraitan and Kafr Hamra (to the north from Aleppo). They are armed with 7 tanks and 24 off-roaders with large-caliber machine guns.

In course of last 24 hours, mortar fire was opened against Handrat village 6 times from these inhabited areas. Two civilians were killed, six ones were wounded.

Syrian Air Force in cooperation with Russian fighters delivered about 30 tons of humanitarian cargos to besieged Deir ez-Zor

Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic organized air delivering and dropping of humanitarian cargos on April 6. Military transport aviation crew of the Syrian Air Force has delivered food products from the International Red Crescent to Deir ez-Zor, which had been besieged by ISIS militants.

Cargo delivering has been held from the Hmeymim airfield by Il-76 transport of the Syrian Air Force escorted by Russian Su-30 and Su-35 fighters.

The aircraft dropped 4 parachute systems with 30 tons of humanitarian aid over areas of besieged Deir ez-Zor.

About 200,000 citizens of the city are suffering lack of food products, medicaments, petrol, and other goods of first necessity.

International humanitarian organizations failed to organize humanitarian aid delivering to the besieged city. Delivering of Red Crescent cargos to the city became possible by mediation of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic.

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation


ISIS kidnaps more than 300 cement workers in Damascus Countryside
7 April، 2016
Damascus Countryside, SANA

A group affiliated to ISIS terrorist organization kidnapped more than 300 workers and contractors from al-Badiyeh Cement Company- a closed joint-stock company located north east of Abu al-Shamat area in Damascus Countryside.

A source at the Ministry of Industry said in a statement to SANA that the Ministry has been in contact with the company’s administration to inquire about the abductees and was informed that more than 300 workers and contractors were held by ISIS.

The company informed the Ministry that so far it has not been able to communicate with any of the kidnapped persons, the source added.

The Ministry will keep in contact with the company and the parties concerned to learn the place of the abducted workers and get to have them released, the source told SANA reporter.

In the same context, Nadim Kreizan, a local reconciliation official in Jeiroud area, told SANA over the phone that the locals in Jeiroud town, located in the vicinity of the company, saw some 125 of the company’s abducted workers being transported on board ISIS vehicles that headed towards Tal Dakweh on the outskirts of Eastern Ghouta where ISIS-linked terrorist groups are active.

The reconciliation committee in cooperation with locals in Jeiroud town received on Wednesday 106 workers from the Chinese Factory in al-Dmeir area who fled in fear from ISIS, Kreizan added.

Qabas/ H. Said


A terrorist attack in Aleppo city kills 2 civilians, injures 9 others
7 April، 2016
Aleppo, SANA

Two civilians were killed in a new terrorist shelling attack targeting al-Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood in Aleppo city on Thursday.

Nine others were reported injured in the attack, which included mortar and rocket shells, according to local sources.

Two days ago, the same neighborhood was shelled by terrorist organizations positioned in nearby areas, with the attack leaving more than 14 dead, in addition to over 50 others injured.

Terrorist organizations in Aleppo and other provinces have repeatedly breached the cessation of hostilities agreement in Syria since it came into effect on February 27.

M. al-Frieh/H. Said


YPG:  Sheikh Maqsoud
NEWS DESK – ANF

YPG (People’s Defense Units) Press Office reported ongoing attacks by gang groups on Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo. YPG units retaliated against the attacks and 36 members of gang groups were killed in heavy clashes.

The statement by YPG said that Lîwaa Sultan Murad, Ahrar Al-Sham, 16th Division, Lîwaa El-Fetih, Jaysh Al-Mucahidîn, Kombûna Festeqim Kema Emert Union, Nûreddîn Zenkî and Al Nusra gangs continued their joint attacks on Sheikh Maqsoud.

Accordingly, gang groups started a heavy aggression on Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood from the areas of Seken Şebab, Seken Shikeyf, Sera Muxeberat and Eshrefiye in the morning of April 5.

15 civilians died and 56 others were injured as a result of the attacks that directly targeted civilians.

Severe clashes erupted as YPG units retaliated against the attacks, by means of which gang groups intended to enter the neighborhood. 1 tank and 1 ammunition store of the gangs in Seken Shebab region were destroyed in clashes, while 36 gang members were killed and 70 others were injured.

4 combatants of the YPG also lost their lives.

The statement informed that ISIS groups deployed in lower Jarablus launched another attack targeting the town of Şêxler to the southwest of Kobanê between 01.00-03.00 at the night of April 5.


Chemical Weapons Used Against Civilians in Sheikh Maqsoud

Report to the Special Coordination Team for Syria Ceasefire on Civilian Casualties in Aleppo
Syrian Front: Rising Civilian Deaths from Heavy Shelling of Sheikh Maqsood, Aleppo
Syrian Front: Civilans Killed, Injured in Attacks in Aleppo City
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)


Over 1,000 Jabhat al-Nusra militants concentrated north of Aleppo

MOSCOW, April 7. /TASS/. Militants of the Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations, not covered by the Russian-US agreement on ceasefire in Syria, continue armed provocations in a number of Syrian governorates against civilians and government troops, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring sides in Syria said in a news bulletin Thursday.

In the Aleppo area, Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists made attempts to seize the locality of Handrat and the neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsood over the past day, the bulletin posted on the Russian Defense Ministry website said.

“According to reports from local residents coming to the reconciliation center, more than 1,000 militants of the terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra, armed with 7 tanks and 24 all-terrain vehicles with heavy machineguns, are concentrated in the localities of Muheimhandrat, Jandul, Hraitan and Qafr-Hamra [north of Aleppo],” it said.

Over the past day, mortar fire from the localities on the village of Handrat was opened six times. Two civilians were killed and six wounded.

“From the direction of the locality of Teir-Maala (Homs), militants of the Jaysh al-Islam group, which ranks itself among the opposition, shelled the village of Tahun-Donguzia from homemade multiple-launch systems,” the center’s news bulletin posted on the Russian Defense Ministry’s website said.

“In the governorate of Hama, militants of the Free Syrian Army delivered mortar fire from Kafer-Nbuda on positions of the government troops,” the bulletin said.

Besides, mortar shelling of Syrian Armed Forces units continued in the area of the inhabited localities of Sandran and Shmaisa (Latakia).

The center said Russia’s Aerospace Forces and Syria’s Air Force have not delivered strikes at opposition armed formations that announced cessation of hostilities and reported to the Russian or American reconciliation centers the data on their location.
Number of populated localities that joined ceasefire stands at 58

According to the reconciliation center, the number of populated localities having joined the Syrian ceasefire remains unchanged at 58.

The number of military units, which announced their commitment to the cessation of hostilities in Syria and implementing the ceasefire conditions, remains unchanged at 47, the bulletin said.

Reconciliation talks are underway with representatives of one populated locality in the Hama province.

The bulletin also runs that military transport planes of the Russian Aerospace Forces have delivered 15 tonnes of food to Hmeymim airfield in Syria for forming the next aid convoy.

“In Hama province, 3.7 tonnes of relief cargoes were handed over to the people of Deir al-Fardis populated locality. Aid convoys bound for Damascus and Aleppo provinces are being formed,” the center said.

The ceasefire regime took effect in Syria on February 27. Shortly before, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution supporting a cessation of hostilities. The document drafted by Russia and the United States was backed by all 15 Security Council member states.

The ceasefire regime does not cover the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations as well as other groups ruled terrorist by the Security Council.

Russia’s Aerospace Forces started delivering pinpoint strikes in Syria at facilities of Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra , which are banned in Russia, on September 30, 2015, on a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

On March 14, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to start, from March 15, withdrawing the main part of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ group from Syria. Putin said the tasks set before the military “have been fulfilled on the whole.” Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said strikes on terrorists will continue to be delivered.


Syrian Kurds Preparing to Attack ISIL in Key Strategic Town

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) are preparing to launch a large-scale operation to liberate a strategically important city in Northwestern Aleppo province from ISIL control.

According to sources, the operation is aimed at liberating the city of Manbij, about 35 km from the Turkish border, which serves as a major stronghold for the ISIL in Northwestern Syria, and is an intersection of several major highways, including M4.

The operation was expected to begin last month, but was delayed due to the Turkish opposition, sources explained.

Liberation of the villages around Al-Bab is expected to eventually allow for the creation of a corridor between the Syrian Kurdish cantons of Kobani and Afrin, presently separated by the ISIL-controlled territory.

Scores of Takfiri terrorists were killed and wounded in the clashes with the YPG and SDF forces.

The Kurdish forces have made considerable military gains against the ISIL in the Northern and Northeastern parts of Syria in recent weeks.

The SDF that is comprised of mainly Kurdish fighters as well as a few hundred Syrian Arab dissident forces have received trainings from the US and have been provided with scanty US-coalition air support in their battles in Raqqa province in Northeastern Syria; but in Northern and Northwestern battlefronts, they have been operating alongside the YPG and received the Russian air backup in their Aleppo wars that started with the conquest of Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates early in February.


Syrian air force destroys ISIS vehicles and positions in several areas
7 April، 2016
Provinces, SANA

The Syrian army’s air force on Thursday conducted a series of sorties targeted ISIS positions and vehicles in several provinces, inflicting heavy losses upon them in personnel and weaponry.

Deir Ezzor

In Deir Ezzor province, the Syrian air force destroyed vehicles, some equipped with
machineguns, and two positions for ISIS terrorists in the villages of al-Murieya and al-Jaffra in the eastern countryside of the province, a military source told SANA.

Meanwhile, the Syrian air force raided positions and gatherings of ISIS in al-Tabqa airport and the southern countryside of Raqqa province.

The source added that the raids resulted in destroying vehicles and positions of the Takfiri organization as well as killing a number of its member .

Homs

The army’s air force also carried out sorties on ISIS terrorists’ dens and gatherings to the east of Homs central province.

A military source told SANA that the sorties targeted ISIS terrorists’ dens and positions to the north and east of Palmyra city and to the south of al-Sukhneh town, killing a number of terrorists and destroying their weapons and vehicles.


Palmyra Still Scene of Airstrikes

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Eastern countryside of Palmyra (Tadmur) city was attacked by the Syrian air force to prevent the ISIL terrorist group’s refreshment troops and reinvigoration near the ancient city.

The Syrian air force began wide-scale aerial campaign over the Eastern countryside of Palmyra on Thursday to deter the ISIL Takfiri terrorists from launching a counter-attack to take the ancient city.

The airstrikes were also aimed at halting the Takfiri terrorist group supply convoy’s move to Eastern Hama.

On Wednesday, the army’s air force destroyed the ISIL Takfiri terrorists’ dens, vehicles and supply routes on al- Sakhanah-Palmyra road in the central province of Homs.

The ISIL terrorists were targeted in army airstrikes that hit their gatherings in the villages of Hossess and Jbab Hamad to the East of Homs city.

The air force also carried out sorties against the ISIL terrorists to the East of al- Quaryatayn city and in the vicinity of al-Barideh village, Southeast of Homs, destroying their dens and vehicles.


Syrian, Russian Air Forces Continue Strikes at Strategic Highway Near Palmyra

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian and Syrian air forces continued targeting the ISIL terrorists to halt their use of the Hama-Palmyra Highway.

“The Russian and Syrian bombers are hunting the ISIL Takfiri terrorists along the highway that links Aqayrbat to the Northeastern countryside of Palmyra,” a source said on Thursday.

Meantime, the Syrian army troops and their allies are pushing East towards the strategic villages of Abu Hanaya and Aqayrbat, where the ISIL terrorist group has gained control over vast areas.

In a relevant development today, the Eastern countryside of Palmyra (Tadmur) city was also attacked by the Syrian air force to prevent the ISIL terrorist group’s recruitment and reinvigoration in the ancient city.

The Syrian air force began wide-scale aerial campaign over the Eastern countryside of Palmyra on Thursday to deter the ISIL Takfiri terrorists from launching a counter-attack to take the ancient city.

The airstrikes were also aimed at halting the Takfiri terrorist group supply convoy’s move to Eastern Hama.

On Wednesday, the army’s air force destroyed the ISIL Takfiri terrorists’ dens, vehicles and supply routes on al- Sakhanah-Palmyra road in the central province of Homs.

The ISIL terrorists were targeted in army airstrikes that hit their gatherings in the villages of Hossess and Jbab Hamad to the East of Homs city.

The air force also carried out sorties against the ISIL terrorists to the East of al-Quaryatayn city and in the vicinity of al-Barideh village, Southeast of Homs, destroying their dens and vehicles.


Heavy Airstrikes in Hama

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tens of terrorists were killed and injured by the Syrian warplanes’ attacks on their positions in the Eastern parts of Hama.

Syrian sources said on Thursday that the air force carried out a series of airstrikes on positions and fortifications of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Abu Hbeilat village and Wadi al-Ozeib area, 110 km East of Hama city.

The sources confirmed that a number of the sites were destroyed, along with vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns, weapons and ammunition.

They also reported heavy death toll and injuries among the ISIL members in the region.

The Syrian army backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) are continuing their advance against the ISIL terrorists. On Tuesday, they seized back several regions around the strategic village of Abu Hanaya in the Eastern part of Hama province.

“The Syrian soldiers also made another push near the village of Sheikh Hilal, delivering heavy blows to the terrorist group which is under constant blitz by pro-government forces in this part of Hama province,” a source indicated.

Meanwhile, a source on the ground reported that Syrian army and its allies targeted ISIL positions along the Salamiyah-Raqqa road, killing at least 20 Takfiri terrorists and destroying their weapons and ammunition.


Syrian Soldiers, Volunteer Forces Endeavor to Cut Terrorists’ Main Supply Route in Lattakia

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) started military operations to cut the main supply route of the militants along a strategic road in Lattakia.

“If they manage to cut the road (linking Al-Hanboushiyah and Nariyah) in Jabal Turkmen, the Takfiri terrorists will be forced to find another route to transport their supplies through,” a source said on Thursday.

He said that the Syrian forces are “trying to cutoff the main supply route from Turkey”.

According to the source, the Syrian soldiers are engaged in heavy clashes with Takfiri terrorists near the road, adding that the army has targeted the region with mortar shells and rockets.

In an important development in Lattakia earlier this week, Khaled Abu Saqqar, a notorious top leader of the Al-Nusra Front terrorist group, who earned universal recognition after eating the heart and liver of a dead Syrian soldier in front of cameras in 2013 and when he was an FSA Commander, was killed in fierce clashes with the Syrian army.

Khaled Abu Saqqar was killed in the Syrian army’s attacks on the Al-Nusra Front’s military positions in the Northeastern part of Lattakia province on Tuesday.

Abu Saqqar had been a member of Al-Farouq Brigades affiliated to the Free Syrian Army before joining Al-Nusra Front.

Abu Saqqar’s convoy was targeted by the Syrian army along the road to the Kurdish Mountains (Jabal Al-Akrad) in Northeastern Lattakia.

Abu Saqqar is infamous for video showing him eating the organ of a dead Syrian soldier in Homs province in 2013.


Syrian Forces Win Back Strategic Heights in Lattakia

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and their allies retook control of strategic heights in the Northern parts of Lattakia province after heavy clashes with terrorists.

The Syrian and resistance forces could seize back Rasha heights near the strategic town of Kanasba from militants after night-long operations and killing and wounding several terrorists.

Concurrently, with the Syrian forces and their Iraqi allies’ operations in the region, the Syrian army’s artillery units hit the terrorists’ positions in Badama and al-Hanboushia areas.

In an important development in Lattakia earlier this week, Khaled Abu Saqqar, a notorious top leader of the Al-Nusra Front terrorist group, who earned universal recognition after eating the heart and liver of a dead Syrian soldier in front of cameras in 2013 and when he was an FSA Commander, was killed in fierce clashes with the Syrian army.

Khaled Abu Saqqar was killed in the Syrian army’s attacks on the Al-Nusra Front’s military positions in the Northeastern part of Lattakia province on Tuesday.