Briefing by the Spokesman of Russia’s Ministry of Defence, Major-General Igor Konashenkova

Bulletin of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (December 12, 2016)

Reconciliation of opposing sides

Within last 24 hours, 1 truce agreement has been signed with representatives of an inhabited area of the Tartus province.

The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 1046.

Negotiations on joining ceasefire regime have been continued with field commanders of illegal armed groups in Muaddamiyet al-Shikh in the Damascus province, and detachments of armed opposition in the Homs, Hama, Aleppo, and al-Quneitra provinces.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings remained 94.

Ceasefire observation

Within last 24 hours, 43 shellings performed by illegal armed formations have been registered in the provinces of Aleppo (20), Damascus (19), Latakia (1), Hama (2) and al-Quneitra (1).

In the Damascus province, armed formations of the Jaysh al-Islam grouping, which had claimed to be the opposition one, have fired mortars and small arms against Jaubar (three times), Buzaina, Meida, Kafr Batna, highway near Haush al-Faddaliya, and a farm near Harasta.

Ahrar al-Sham armed formations have fired mortars against positions of the government troops near the Abu Ali mount.

Free Syrian army formations have fired mortars against Art Sabah, Furkan, and Salah al-Din in Aleppo.

In the Aleppo city, terrorist groupings of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Jabhat al-Nusra) have fired multiple launch rocket systems, mortars and small arms against Dahiya al-Assad, Jamaiya Faht (twice), Binyamin, al-Makamat (twice), Ramusi (twice), Sheikh Saeed (twice), Amri, Tariq Hasan, Jamariya Harb al-Zahraa, Ashrafiya, and Tanbud quarters, al-Assad military academy, and melon market.

In the Damascus province, terrorists have shelled Jaubar, Arbil (twice), Harasta, Haush Nasri (twice), Bala al-Kadima, area of the Qusair farm, and al-Wafidin camp.

Terrorists have also shelled Jaba in the al-Quneitra province as well as Suran and Maan in the Hama province.

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

Within last 24 hours, three humanitarian events have been held, in course of which civilians have received humanitarian aid:

in temporary accommodation facilities in al-Aziziya – about 1 ton;

in temporary accommodation facilities in Sheikh Maqsood – about 1 ton;

in temporary accommodation facilities in al-Mahalej – about 1.5 ton.

Posts with hot meal and items of first necessity continue their work for civilians who leave the districts of the Aleppo city, which are under control of terrorist armed groupings.

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation