SYRIA: Damascus Is Fully Liberated From Terrorists By Syrian Army! - Russian General's Full Report

SYRIA: Damascus Is Fully Liberated From Terrorists By Syrian Army! - Russian General's Full Report
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    Good afternoon!
    Since the beginning of the year,
    the Syrian government troops supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces
    have achieved significant results
    in liberating key regions
    of the Syrian Arab Republic
    from the rest of terrorist groups.
    These territories include:
    eastern part of Idlib province,
    , Damascus suburbs,
    the Eastern Ghouta,
    the Eastern Qalamoun,
    Yarmouk,
    northern parts of Homs province
    which are now totally under control
    of the Syrian government troops.
    In January-February this year,
    in the eastern part of Idlib,
    the Jabhat al-Nusra's armed group,
    over 1,500 militants strong,
    as well as several separate ISIS armed gangs
    were trapped and eradicated
    As a result, the government troops gained control
    over the territory of more than 4,300 square kilometers
    from Kafer Akkar to Sabburah –
    from north to south
    and from Sinjar to al-Hammam –
    from west to east.
    The Hama-Aleppo highway has already been reopened.
    People return back to peaceful life in liberated regions,
    so that refugees can make their way back home.
    In total, 9,573 civilians have already left west of Idlib province
    via a humanitarian corridor
    near Abu-Duhur and Tal-Sultan for Aleppo province.
    Situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone is being stabilized.
    Observation posts have been arranged
    along the zone's border.
    Servicemen of the Astana process guarantor states
    (Russia, Iran and Turkey) are on duty at the posts.
    The Russian side organized ten posts,
    Turkey – twelve, and Iran – seven.
    They control ceasefire regime compliance
    by government troops and armed opposition.
    The posts are linked by stable communication.
    Servicemen are constantly exchanging information
    on situation and ceasefire violations;
    if necessary, measures are taken to prevent them and address conflicts.
    The Syrian government troops have competed operation on liberation all suburbs of Damascus.
    The Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides
    supervised an unprecedented humanitarian operation
    in the Eastern Ghouta, Eastern Qalamoun and Yarmouk.
    In order to avoid any casualties among the civilian population,
    188,234 people were evacuated
    from Damascus suburbs via special humanitarian corridors,
    with 28,725 militants among them.
    They were voluntary transported to northern parts of the country.
    Most of the civilians have already returned back to their homes.
    Yarmouk, the former Palestinian refugee camp,
    was the last stronghold of terrorists in the Syrian capital.
    It became a refuge for ISIS militants
    who had been defeated by the SAA in different parts of Syria.
    All ISIS armed units operating in west Yarmouk have been eradicated;
    territory is now under control of the government troops.
    Besides, due to work of the Russian Centre
    for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides,
    , some members of armed opposition from east Yarmouk
    were given an opportunity either to voluntary use amnesty
    and return back to peaceful life
    or to leave the area with their families for Ildib province.
    In total, 3,283 militants have been withdrawn from Yarmouk.
    As a result of the operation, residents of Damascus feel safe
    for the first time over the last six years.
    There are no more daily shelling attacks against
    residential quarters, terror attacks, and kidnappings.
    Hostages taken by militants were liberated.
    Prices of food and medical supplies have significantly lowered in the regions,
    which had been retained by armed groups.
    People are now able to receive health care.
    Situation in the liberated regions has now returned to normal,
    people can live in peace now.
    A similar scenario was implemented in humanitarian operation
    in the Homs de-escalation zone.
    During negotiations with leaders of armed formations,
    tribal sheiks and representatives of religious communities
    have reached agreement on establishing peaceful life
    in settlements of the de-escalation zone
    and reopening the Homs-Hama highway.
    Members of armed formations were given an opportunity to use amnesty
    and stay in their settlements.
    Those who refuse to accept authority of the Syrian government
    were able to depart for Idlib province
    and the city of Jarablus, north of Aleppo province.
    Since May 7, a total of 13,407 members of illegal armed formations
    have been withdrawn from al-Rastan, al-Qantara Shimali and Talbiseh
    and other settlements.
    Armed formations have surrendered to the SAA
    seven tanks, five infantry fighting vehicles,
    seven pick-ups equipped with large-caliber machine-guns,
    122 guns and mortars, 20 multiple launch rocket systems,
    9 ATGM systems, 45 hand AT grenade launchers,
    14 anti-aircraft systems,
    12 Hellfire improvised launchers,
    and 56 large-caliber machine-guns.
    It is to be stressed that the Homs de-escalation zone
    was liberated in a peaceful way;
    there were no hostilities, and therefore no casualties
    among civilians and opposition.
    Russia, Iran and Turkey discussed
    these issues as well as current situation in Syria
    Syria at the 9th International Session
    which completed on May 15.
    Representatives of the guarantor states reviewed results
    of developing situation in the Syrian Arab Republic over the past year,
    since the Memorandum on creation of de-escalation zones in Syrian Arab Republic
    dated May 4, 2017.
    The attendees emphasized the key role of de-escalation zones
    in maintaining ceasefire regime,
    reducing violence and stabilizing situation in Syria in general.
    Participants of the conference welcomed
    the decision of the three guarantor states
    to hold the 2nd session of the Working Group
    on release of detainees and hostages,
    returning bodies of the deceased
    and searching for MIA,
    which will be attended by experts of the UN and ICRC.
    It was confirmed that it is necessary to continue cooperation
    in order to build confidence in opposing sides
    in the Syrian Arab Republic.
    The sides agreed to exert any effort
    to provide the Syrian people with help,
    to facilitate humanitarian demining,
    preserve historical heritage,
    restore social and economic infrastructure.
    The Russian Centre for Reconciliation continues its work
    on humanitarian assistance to the people in Syria.
    Major General Yuriy Evtushenko,
    the Chief of the Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides,
    will brief in details via video conference
    about reconstruction operation in regions liberated from illegal armed formations,
    and refugees returning home.
    Good afternoon!
    As the Eastern Ghouta was liberated from militants,
    the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides
    focuses on post-conflict settlement
    and creating conditions to enable people to return to peaceful life.
    Russian special equipment, lumber, power and fiber optic cables,
    water pipes and other constructional materials have been delivered
    to the settlements of Douma, Kafer Batna, Arbin to remove rubbles,
    clear streets, restore community infrastructure and facilities.
    Repair teams have already started
    to recover infrastructure in the Eastern Ghouta.
    The Russian Centre for Reconciliation is constantly monitoring
    humanitarian situation and cooperating of the Syrian government bodies
    and local administration in issues
    of recovering social infrastructure of priority concern.
    These include schools, infirmaries, bakeries, power and water supply objects.
    Syrian engineers are clearing up living houses,
    withdrawing ammo and mines.
    In total, 453 buildings and 32 km of roads
    have been cleared up in the Eastern Ghouta;
    956 explosive devices have been found and defused.
    More than 25 square km of the settlements have been cleared from rubbles.
    Due to improving humanitarian situation,
    66,257 people have returned home in the Eastern Ghouta.
    Every day, Russian military police units deploy
    observation posts in the Eastern Ghouta, Eastern Qalamoun,
    Yarmuk, al-Rastan, and Talbiseh
    in order to prevent provocations and provide security of civilians.
    They also patrol the area.
    The Russian side is taking measures
    to improve humanitarian situation
    in other Syrian regions as well.
    Over the past month, the Russian Reconciliation Centre
    has held 41 humanitarian actions
    providing more than 95 tons of food supplies,
    bottled water, and the bare necessities
    to the Syrian population.
    Russian military medics provided medical assistance
    to more than 1,000 civilians.
    The Syrian government and the Russian Centre
    Centre continue establishing conditions so that people could return back to their homes.
    Since November 1, 2017,
    a total of 13,763 people have returned home
    home in the province of Homs,
    and 46,792 people – on the eastern shore
    of the Euphrates in Deir ez-Zor province.
    Since April 25, 2018, more than
    7,000 people have returned to settlements of the Eastern Qalamoun.
    Thank you!
    Despite active work held by the Russian Centre for Reconciliation,
    assistance provided by the international community is required to recover areas
    damaged by warfare against terrorist groups in Syria,
    and the country's economy itself.
    Russia appeals to the United Nations
    and other international organizations for joining this process.
    Colonel Yuri Tarasov, the Russian Defence Ministry official in Geneva,
    is reporting on steps taken by the Russian side in this field.
    Colonel Tarasov,
    he Russian Defence Ministry representative in ceasefire humanitarian assistance working groups,
    is reporting.
    Successful activities aimed at reconciliation of former de-escalation zones
    in the Eastern Ghouta
    as well as provinces of Hama and Homs
    resulted in liberation from extremists and total unblocking.
    Achieved results allow providing all-round humanitarian assistance to people,
    who were isolated and used as a human shield.
    Representatives of the Russian Federation in the working groups are informing
    the office of the UN Secretary General Envoy to Syria
    about situation in liberated areas for immediate joining the peaceful life recovery
    as well as settling topical problems of
    the returning population by the humanitarian organizations.
    The Syrian government by agreement with the Russian party has granted access
    to the UN mission to assess the situation in the Eastern Ghouta
    when mine action and road clearing problems were settled.
    On May 12, the UN specialists visited Kafr Batna and Saqba.
    The UN is going to send the mission to the city of Douma.
    Plan of such operation in Homs province is being discussed within the working group.
    The Russian side is working to make the international organizations
    complete assessment and start practical steps as soon as possible.
    During weekly sessions, the Russian representatives
    are drawing attention of the Syria Support International Group to the importance
    of providing assistance to population in liberated areas.
    The Russian party is developing a plan aimed to involve international organizations
    organizations in humanitarian mine action operations in the country.
    Deployment of the UN mine action office in Damascus is being approved.
    The Russian representatives in the working groups
    are ready for all-round cooperation with international organizations,
    including in the issues of humanitarian convoy passage
    and assessment missions.
    Moreover, the Russian party has been informing the UN
    about priority directions of assistance in order to provide it in the most damaged areas.
    The Russian side expresses hope that the UN
    and other international organizations
    will confirm their interest in the most rapid recovering
    of Syrian territories damaged by terrorists
    as well as returning to the peaceful life.
    Thank you!
    In conclusion, it is to be noted
    that there are all conditions required
    for recovering of Syria as a single and indivisible country.
    However, in order to reach this aim
    not only Russia but also
    are to take efforts. other members of the international society
    are to take efforts.
    The Russian General Staff
    is closely following the situation in Syria.
    We will keep you posted about any changes.
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