Category: Conflict in Syria

Syria’s Homs province ready to receive refugees

Syria’s Homs province ready to receive refugees

HOMS /Syria/, March 22. /TASS/. Syria’s Homs province is ready to receive refugees, including those from the Rukban camp, and ensure decent living conditions for them, Homs Deputy Governor Amir al-Khalil told reporters. “I would like to point out once again that the Homs provincial administration is ready to receive refugees, particularly from the Rukban camp, and provide them with all necessary assistance. We know that people are suffering from inhuman conditions in that camp so we need to do everything possible to stop it,” al-Khalil said. In particular, the provincial authorities are ready to provide refugees with accommodation and jobs. Most of those refugees…

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Militants shell settlements in several Syrian provinces

Militants shell settlements in several Syrian provinces

MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. Militants have opened fire several times in the past 24 hours, shelling settlements in the Syrian provinces Aleppo, Hama and Latakia, as well as Aleppo city, Major-General Viktor Kupchishin, head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria, said on Thursday. “During the past 24 hours, militants have shelled the settlements of Basharfa, Shir-al-Sahab and an area north of Jubb-al-Mgara in Latakia province, Skalbia, al-Djeit, Abu-Abeida, Massaka and Safsafa in Hama province, the city of Aleppo, as well as the settlements of Sukkari, Mgaret-Marza and Zahabia in Aleppo province,” he said. The Russian general said that officers…

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Russian military invites UN to discuss evacuating refugees from Rukban

Russian military invites UN to discuss evacuating refugees from Rukban

Rukban camp refugees © © AP Photo DAMASCUS, March 22. /TASS/. The head of the Russian center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, requested the UN assistance in withdrawing refugees from the Rukban camp. “I suggest joining forces for solving this problem, gathering and holding a coordination council in Damascus with the participation of all concerned officials and organizations – the United Nations, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the Syrian Foreign Ministry, governors and municipal officials,” Kupchishin said, opening the talks with Syria Humanitarian Coordinator Corinne Fleischer. “This requires careful preparations, we will set the date and send official…

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Moscow, Beijing urge to stamp out terrorism in Syria — Russia’s foreign ministry

Moscow, Beijing urge to stamp out terrorism in Syria — Russia’s foreign ministry

MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. Russian Presidential Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov focused on the urgency of total eradication of terrorism in Syria at his talks with China’s Special Envoy for Syria Xie Xiaoyan on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. They “reaffirmed Russia and China’s invariable support to the efforts to find a speedy solution to the Syrian crisis based on Resolution 2254 of the United Nations Security Council. In this context, [the two diplomats] underscored that the terrorist presence on Syrian soil needs to be totally eradicated, and that international assistance is needed for the process of refugees’ return and…

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Russian senior diplomat discusses Syria’s reconstruction with UNDP officials

Russian senior diplomat discusses Syria’s reconstruction with UNDP officials

MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin discussed Syria’s reconstruction on Wednesday with Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS, and UNDP Country Director in Syria David Akopyan, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “UNDP representatives in Syria have informed us about the current state of affairs in Syria’s early reconstruction and about the results achieved in the context of the implementation of projects with Russia’s donor participation aimed at rebuilding residential areas and basic infrastructure in Syria,” the foreign ministry said. The meeting also focused on project cooperation at the Russia-UNDP Trust…

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Immediate evacuation is last chance to save Rukban camp refugees — reconciliation center

Immediate evacuation is last chance to save Rukban camp refugees — reconciliation center

© Konstantin Machulsky/TASS MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. Immediate evacuation is the only option to save refugees at the Rukban camp from hunger and epidemics, Major General Viktor Kupchishin, chief of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria, told reporters on Wednesday. “Due to the US inability to prevent the illegal armed groups’ arbitrariness against refugees as well as due to impossibility by governmental and non-governmental agencies to provide humanitarian assistance on a systematic basis to inhabitants of the Rukban camp, evacuation remains the only option to save more than 40,000 people from the threat of hunger and epidemics,” he said. Besides, Kupchishin…

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Rukban camp has no official status because of US military base nearby — Russian general

Rukban camp has no official status because of US military base nearby — Russian general

MOSCOW, March 19./ASS/. The Syrian Rukban camp has no official status because of the US Al-Tanf base located 55 kilometers away from it, the head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties, Major-General Viktor Kupchishin, said on Tuesday. “Because of the presence of US military facilities and illegal armed units supported by the US in the Al-Tanf area, the Rukban camp has not become a full-value site housing temporarily displaced persons, having an official status and supplied in accordance with standards of the UN and other international organizations,” he told a briefing. Because it has no official status and security guarantees, state…

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Two children killed as snipers open fire on Syrian school bus — Russian military

Two children killed as snipers open fire on Syrian school bus — Russian military

© © Marina Lystseva/TASS MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. Two children were killed when militants opened sniper fire on a school bus in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday, the head of the Russian reconciliation center in Syria, Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, told reporters. “At 16:50 local time on March 19, 2019, a school bus transporting children in the northwestern Aleppo suburb of Al Zahraa came under sniper fire from the terrorist-controlled territory in the Leramun district,” he said. “As a result, a twelve-year-old boy was killed, while an eight-year-old girl and a female teacher who accompanied the children were gravely injured. The girl later died…

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Russia to hand over files on restoration of Syria’s Palmyra to UNESCO

Russia to hand over files on restoration of Syria’s Palmyra to UNESCO

Palmyra, Syria © Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. In the coming months, Moscow will share its files on restoring Syria’s Palmyra with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and this includes a 3D model, Russia’s Defense Minister and President of the Russian Geographical Society (RGO) Sergey Shoigu revealed in an interview with TASS, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Komsomolskaya Pravda. Earlier, the UN world heritage organization had emphasized the need to raise funds for restoring Syria’s internationally-renowned cultural site. “When we called for that, saying well, let’s do it, it’s time to do that, various movements, neither scientific nor cultural nor geographical, started meddling.…

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US still refuses to let through buses with Syrian refugees — Russian reconciliation center

US still refuses to let through buses with Syrian refugees — Russian reconciliation center

© Konstantin Machulsky/TASS MOSCOW, March 18. /TASS/. The United States still refuses to let through buses sent for evacuating refugees from the Rubakan camp in Syria, head of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides Viktor Kupchishin said on Monday. “Refugees from the Rubakan camp still cannot leave as the US side does not let through buses for evacuating refugees and refuses to ensure security for humanitarian convoys inside the 55-kilometer zone around its Al-Tanf base,” Kupchishin said. He reminded that a humanitarian corridor has been opened along with the Jleb mobile checkpoint for the unhampered return of temporarily displaced persons from the Al-Tanf…

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US-led coalition’s strike kills 10 in eastern Syria – SANA

US-led coalition’s strike kills 10 in eastern Syria – SANA

TASS, March 17. At least 10 civilians were killed in the US-led international coalition’s strike on Al-Baghuz in eastern Syria’s Deir ez-Zor, the SANA news agency reported on Sunday. According to its sources, children are among those killed. The strike was carried out against the refugees’ camp located in Al-Baghuz. The SANA news agency reported that the Western coalition’s aircraft had delivered dozens of strikes on Al-Baghuz on Saturday. The airstrike left several people killed and wounded. Al-Baghuz is the stronghold of the Islamic State (terror group, outlawed in Russia), where the Kurdish units backed by the United States and its coalition allies are carrying…

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US refuses to let through buses with Syrian refugees — Russian reconciliation center

US refuses to let through buses with Syrian refugees — Russian reconciliation center

© Konstantin Machulsky/TASS MOSCOW, March 16. /TASS/. The refusal of the United States to let through buses for evacuation of refugees from the Rubakan camp prolongs the suffering of Syrians who are held at the camp against their will, head of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides Viktor Kupchishin told reporters on Saturday. “The refusal of the United States to let through the buses for evacuation of refugees and to ensure security for humanitarian convoys inside the 55-kilometer zone around the US base in Al-Tanf, does not allow to stop suffering of Syrian citizens who are still held at the Rubakan camp against…

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Situation in Rukban camp made worse by crime, lawlessness — Russian military

Situation in Rukban camp made worse by crime, lawlessness — Russian military

MOSCOW, March 15. /TASS/. The dire humanitarian situation in the Rukban refugee camp, located within the 55-km security zone surrounding US Tanf base, is made worse by lawlessness on behalf of US-supported militants, the head of the Russian center for reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria told reporters. “The situation in the Rukban camp is made worse by widespread crime. Refugees are forced to stay in the camp and suffer from lawlessness on behalf of militant groups supported by the United States,” Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin said. He said that the Syrian government offered security guarantees to refugees willing to leave the camp, and…

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New Russia-Turkey deal on Idlib comes in continuation of bilateral memorandum — diplomat

New Russia-Turkey deal on Idlib comes in continuation of bilateral memorandum — diplomat

BRUSSELS, March 15. /TASS/. The new agreement between Russia and Turkey on the situation in the Syrian province of Idlib comes in continuation of the bilateral memorandum signed in September 2018, Russian Deputy Foreign Minsiter Sergei Vershinin said on Thursday night. “The new agreement comes in continuation of the Russian-Turkish cooperation based on provisions of the 2018 memorandum,” he said, answering to a TASS reporter’s question. “Those provisions envisage, among other things, joint Russian-Turkish patrols, disengagement lines and also include the creation of a joint coordination center. Their implementation is now under way.” According to the Russian diplomat, Russia and Turkey are to patrol the…

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List of Syrian constitutional committee members almost fully agreed – Russian diplomat

List of Syrian constitutional committee members almost fully agreed – Russian diplomat

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin © Valery Sharifulin/TASS BRUSSELS, March 15. /TASS/. The list of members of the Syrian Constitutional Committee has been agreed almost in full, and the committee will be formed in the near future, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin told reporters on Thursday evening. “We are now close to full agreement of those lists,” he said, answering to a TASS reporter’s question at a conference to sum up the results of the International Donor Conference on Syria, held in Brussels on March 12-14. “Without disclosing all details of the ongoing political and diplomatic process, I can say that we made serious…

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Turkey, Moscow working to create coordination center in Syria’s Idlib — media

Turkey, Moscow working to create coordination center in Syria’s Idlib — media

© Ugur Can/DHA via AP ANKARA, March 14. /TASS/. Turkey and Russia continue efforts to create a joint coordination center in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone, the Anadolu news agency reported on Thursday, citing Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar. “Turkey and Russia are working to create a joint center to coordinate activities in Idlib. Our work continues,” Akar said, providing no details about the center. The Turkish defense minister also commented on a new agreement on Idlib, singed by Ankara and Moscow on March 3-4. According to Akar, the document “clarifies the joint work” Turkey and Russia have been doing. In other media

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Syria’s Latakia ready to receive refugees from Rukban camp

Syria’s Latakia ready to receive refugees from Rukban camp

LATAKIA, March 14. /TASS/. The Syrian city of Latakia is ready to receive refugees from the Rukban camp, head of the city’s refugee center Bashar Lakhtashmak said. “We have prepared 30 rooms that can accommodate up to 500 people. There is everything they might need, including kitchens and showers, they will also be provided with food. This is a matter of national interest. We need to make sure that those who come here tell others they are welcome in new places of residence,” he noted. Latakia’s authorities suggest allocating money from the city budget to evacuate refugees from the Rukban camp. Six buses, sent to…

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Turkey, Moscow working to create coordination center in Syria’s Idlib — media

Turkey, Moscow working to create coordination center in Syria’s Idlib — media

© Ugur Can/DHA via AP ANKARA, March 14. /TASS/. Turkey and Russia continue efforts to create a joint coordination center in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone, the Anadolu news agency reported on Thursday, citing Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar. “Turkey and Russia are working to create a joint center to coordinate activities in Idlib. Our work continues,” Akar said, providing no details about the center. The Turkish defense minister also commented on a new agreement on Idlib, singed by Ankara and Moscow on March 3-4. According to Akar, the document “clarifies the joint work” Turkey and Russia have been doing. In other media

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Syria’s Latakia ready to receive refugees from Rukban camp

Syria’s Latakia ready to receive refugees from Rukban camp

LATAKIA, March 14. /TASS/. The Syrian city of Latakia is ready to receive refugees from the Rukban camp, head of the city’s refugee center Bashar Lakhtashmak said. “We have prepared 30 rooms that can accommodate up to 500 people. There is everything they might need, including kitchens and showers, they will also be provided with food. This is a matter of national interest. We need to make sure that those who come here tell others they are welcome in new places of residence,” he noted. Latakia’s authorities suggest allocating money from the city budget to evacuate refugees from the Rukban camp. Six buses, sent to…

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Russia, Syria warn food and water drying up in Rukban refugee camp

Russia, Syria warn food and water drying up in Rukban refugee camp

© AP Photo MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. People stranded in the Rukban refugee camp in the US-controlled zone of Syria get less than 5 liters of water per person per day. This is barely enough for cooking and drinking, and insufficient for proper personal hygiene, the Russian and Syrian Joint Coordination Committees for Repatriation of Syrian Refugees said in a statement released by the Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday. “Behind the camp’s wall are reservoirs with a volume of 210 cubic meters, into which water brought from Jordan is filled and then distributed among the camp’s residents. Simple calculations show that each resident can receive no…

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New graves found at Syria’s Rukban refugee camp, says Russian top brass

New graves found at Syria’s Rukban refugee camp, says Russian top brass

MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. Russian satellites’ images have uncovered new burial sites at the Rukban refugee camp in Syria, located on the US-controlled territory, with the overall number of graves reaching 700, the Russian and Syrian inter-agency coordination headquarters said in a joint statement on Tuesday. “We have found three more illegal cemeteries located at the camp in direct proximity to the houses and water points, which are another source of spreading infectious diseases. Nearly 700 graves have been found in the uncovered burial sites,” the statement said. The ministry recalled that earlier a cemetery with at least 300 graves had been uncovered at the…

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Militants shell settlements in several Syrian provinces in past day

Militants shell settlements in several Syrian provinces in past day

© Marina Lystseva/TASS MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. Militants have shelled settlements in several Syrian provinces over the last 24 hours, Major General Viktor Kupchishin, chief of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria, told reporters on Monday. Kupchishin said that in the past day militants have opened fire at several settlements in the provinces of Latakia, Hama, Idlib, and Aleppo. The general added that in order to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe at the Rukban camp in Syria, a humanitarian corridor and a mobile checkpoint in the Jleb area have been established. “The Syrian government guarantees safety of temporarily displaced persons and a simplified document…

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Militants shell settlements in two Syrian provinces – Russian defense ministry

Militants shell settlements in two Syrian provinces – Russian defense ministry

MOSCOW, March 10. /TASS/. In the past 24 hours, Syrian militants have shelled various settlements in the provinces of Latakia and Hama, Major General Viktor Kupchishin, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Conflicting Sides in Syria, told reporters on Sunday. The general added that in order to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe at the Rukban camp in Syria, a humanitarian corridor and a mobile checkpoint in the Jleb area have been established. “The Syrian government guarantees the safety of temporarily displaced persons and a simplified document restoration process. The refusal of the American side to guarantee a safe exit for refugees kept at the…

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Russia, Syria say children cannot survive in Rukban refugee camp

Russia, Syria say children cannot survive in Rukban refugee camp

© AP Photo/Raad Adayleh MOSCOW, March 9. /TASS/. The disastrous humanitarian situation in Syria’s Rukban camp, where US-backed militant groups are forcibly keeping refugees, leaves children no chance to survive, the heads of the Russian and Syrian inter-agency coordination headquarters, Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev and Hussein Makhlouf, said in a joint statement. “The situation in the camp remains disastrous, its residents have to survive in the most difficult conditions, facing militant violence on a daily basis. Children are the ones who suffer the most. Given the lack of food and medical care, as well as dire sanitary condition and the spread of infectious diseases, nursing babies…

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Militants shell settlements in three Syrian regions in past day

Militants shell settlements in three Syrian regions in past day

© Marina Lystseva/TASS MOSCOW, March 8. /TASS/. Militants have shelled settlements in the Syrian regions of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo in the past 24 hours, Major General Viktor Kupchikhin, chief of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria, told reporters on Friday. “Over the past 24 hours, militants shelled the inhabited localities of Sanjeka, Roiset-Roshu, Qastal al-Board and Hamrad in the Latakia province; Anu Omar in the Hama province; and Abtin and Al-Salhina in the Aleppo province,” Kupchikhin said. The general added that in the past 24 hours the US has continued to block entrances and exits from the Rukban camp, denying entry…

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Russia, Turkey to start joint patrols in Syria’s Idlib

Russia, Turkey to start joint patrols in Syria’s Idlib

© Ugur Can/DHA via AP ANKARA, March 8. /TASS/. The armed forces of Turkey and Russia will start joint patrols in the Syrian region of Idlib in the country’s north on March 8, Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said at a meeting with editors of the Anadolu news agency on Friday. “Today, patrolling will begin in Idlib. Russia will carry it out along the borders of Idlib while Turkey will do this in the areas where arms have been seized from terrorists,” the defense minister said. The joint patrolling by Moscow and Ankara “is important from the standpoint of maintaining the ceasefire in the north-west of…

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Russia, Syria call on US to revise its position on Rukban refugee camp

Russia, Syria call on US to revise its position on Rukban refugee camp

MOSCOW, March 8. /TASS/. The inter-agency coordination headquarters of Russia and Syria are again calling on the United States to revise its position on Syrian nationals illegally held in the Rukban refugee camp, the headquarters said in a joint statement on Friday. ‘We are again calling on the United States to revise its position on Syrians suffering without any guilt in the Rukban camp. It should take the courage and finally make a decisive step towards mercy and humanity, granting mothers and their children in the camp the freedom and the possibility to build a bright future in their home places,” the document says. “While…

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West hindering Syria’s return to Arab League, diplomat says

West hindering Syria’s return to Arab League, diplomat says

© EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI MOSCOW, March 7. /TASS/. The West is trying to prove the viability of its policy in the Middle East by preventing Syria from returning to the Arab League, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters at a press briefing on Thursday. “Attempts by our Western partners who represent and head the respective coalition to prevent Damascus’ return to the Arab League, which will be another manifestation of the failure of their policy in the region, is the obstacle,” she said. “No one sees any other stumbling blocks.” Zakharova explained that the normalization of relations between Damascus and Arab countries, which is in…

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Diplomat: Russia ready for dialogue on Rukban camp with all parties

Diplomat: Russia ready for dialogue on Rukban camp with all parties

Rukban refugee camp © AP Photo MOSCOW, March 7. /TASS/. Moscow is ready for unconditional dialogue on Syria’s Rukban refugee camp with all interested parties, including the US, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday. “We are ready to continue unconditional dialogue on the Rukban camp with all the interested parties, including the United Nations, the United States and Jordan, without politicizing the humanitarian aspects of the issue,” she said. Rukban camp The Rukban camp is located in the Al-Tanf security zone, where a US military base is stationed. Entrances to the zone are controlled by opposition militants. According to the…

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Memorandum on Idlib may help improve situation in Syria, says diplomat

Memorandum on Idlib may help improve situation in Syria, says diplomat

MOSCOW, March 7. /TASS/. Moscow expects that the Russian-Turkish memorandum concerning Syria’s Idlib province will help improve the situation in the region, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday. “We expect that the agreements that the two countries’ militaries reached will help turn the tide, stabilize the situation in Idlib and eliminate the terrorist threat emanating from there,” she said. According to Zakharova, the situation in northeastern Syria is difficult particularly because the residents of those areas, mostly Sunni Arabs, oppose local Kurdish administrations. “Deadly clashes between the Arabs and the Kurds take place on a regular basis, nearly 100…

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