Russian MoD Calls on UN to Intensify Humanitarian Relief, Reconstruction

Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu called UN Envoy Staffan de Mistura for intensifying humanitarian assistance and active participation in recovering ruined dwellings, schools and infrastructure objects

Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu sent a letter to the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura that highlights the need for intensifying world community efforts to provide help to the Syrian people.

The document underlines that the government troops supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces have liberated a significant part of the Syrian territory, paving the way for restoring peaceful life.

However, not all Syrians can return to their homes. Terrorists have destroyed many settlements. Thousands of dwellings, schools, medical establishments, and social infrastructure objects have been ruined.

Complicated humanitarian situation, according to Sergei Shoigu, is being established in camps for refugees located in the areas of al-Tanf and Uqayribat. There are about 60,000 people in the camps. Syria needs more than 1,000 tons of food as well as over 80 tons of medical supplies.

The Russian party has been providing humanitarian and medical assistance, clearing up the liberated territories, and settling issues of establishing the peaceful life.

The letter says that the international community should consolidate its efforts to return hundreds of thousands of refugees back to their homes in Syria.

Official website of the Russian Defence Ministry published a list of Syrian settlements mostly starving for humanitarian aid and recovery of living infrastructure, which had been destroyed by terrorists. The list will be updated by the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides.

Bulletin of the Russian Defence Ministry on implementation of the Memorandum on creation of de-escalation zones (September 11, 2017)

Ceasefire observation

Control groups continue monitoring the ceasefire observation within the implementation of the Memorandum on creation of the de-escalation zones in the Syrian Arab Republic, which had been signed by the Russia, Turkey, and Iran on May 4, 2017.

Situation in the de-escalation zones is assessed as stable.

Within last 24 hours, the Russian party of the Russia-Turkey Commission on violations of the Joint Agreement has registered 3 cases of firing in provinces of Aleppo, Hama, and al-Quneitra.

The Turkish party has registered 7 cases of ceasefire violations in the provinces of Damascus (5), and Hama (2).

Most cases of unselective firing from small arms have been registered in the areas controlled by insurgents of the ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groupings.

Humanitarian aid provided to the Syrian population

The Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides within last 24 hours held 2 humanitarian actions.

Citizens of Deir ez-Zor received 3.3 tons of food products.

Citizens of al-Rastan, Homs province, received 4.4 tons of food products.

Pupils of Zibdin, Damascus province, received 50 backpacks.

Russian military medics provided medical assistance to 53 civilians.

In total, 55,817 citizens received medical assistance.

Reconciliation of opposing sides

Within last 24 hours, no ceasefire agreement has been signed.

Total number of settlements that had signed reconciliation agreements – 2, 233.

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

Within 24 hours, four applications have been signed with the leaders of illegal armed formations, operating in the de-escalation zone No. 1. Total number armed formations, which had claimed to observe the ceasefire regime, reached 233.

Briefing of the Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria (September 11, 2017)

The Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides proceeds its work to stabilize situation in the liberated regions of the Syrian Arab Republic.

As a result, an accord to join government forces has been signed with ten field commanders of illegal armed formations.

The National Reconciliation Committees participated in humanitarian action delivering 150 backpacks with stationery from Russian pupils and the Yunarmy to the schools in Zabdin and As-Suwayda.

According to the UN application, a controlling patrol is organized to ensure humanitarian convoy with food and medical supplies, and the bare necessities to Tell Shihab, Daraa province.

An agreement on UN participation in recovering power supply in the Homs province, Syria also has been reached.

More than 70 Syrian families (about 300 people) have returned home in 12 settlements in the north of Aleppo province (Tal Rifaat, Kafr Antun, Ehrez, Jubah etc)

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation