Interfax: Russian Defense Ministry reports stable situation in de-escalation zones in Syria

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MOSCOW. May 10 (Interfax) – The situation in the de-escalation zones in Syria is stable, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

“The situation in the de-escalation zones is assessed as stable,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in its bulletin on the fulfillment of the memorandum on the establishment of de-escalation zones.

Russia has registered 12 shooting incidents in the past 24 hours, including seven in the governorate of Damascus, four in Latakia, and one in Hama, the bulletin says.

Turkey has registered eight ceasefire breaches, including five in the governorate of Hama and three in Damascus.

“Most instances of random shooting using small arms were registered in areas controlled by militants from the terrorist groups Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIL (banned in Russia),” it says.

The Russian Defense Ministry said three ceasefire agreements were signed with representatives of Tarmala in the Idlib governorate and Majal Shams and al-Sidiana in the al-Quneitra governorate in the previous 24 hours. The total number of populated areas that have signed reconciliation agreements has reached 1,495.

“The Russian center for reconciliation signed five ceasefire application forms with leaders of armed groups in the past 24 hours. The number of armed groups that have stated commitment to accept and observe the ceasefire has increased to 218,” the Defense Ministry said.

The Russian center for reconciliation of the opposing sides held four humanitarian missions in the Aleppo governorate (local inhabitants have been provided with 4.8 tonnes of drinking water) in the past day.

Russia’s Abakan Air airline delivered 21 tonnes of humanitarian aid provided by the United Nations (food products) to the Deir ez-Zor area using parachute platforms.