Militants shell residential areas in Syria’s Hama, Latakia regions

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MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. Militants operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone have repeatedly opened fire at the Syrian regions of Hama and Latakia in the past 24 hours, Lieutenant General Sergei Solomatin, head of the Russian Center for reconciliation on the conflicting sides in Syria, said on Wednesday.

“In spite of the cessation of hostilities agreement, militants from illegal armed groups operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone have repeatedly shelled Tell Al-Maqtaa in the Hama province and Jubb Al-Mgara in the Latakia province,” he said.

Solomatin added that the Russian reconciliation center had carried out two humanitarian operations in the regions of Quneitra and Aleppo, handing out 500 food sets.

The general pointed out that the Syrian authorities continue work to implement Syrian President Bashar Assad’s decree from 9 October 2018 and grant amnesty to those who have dodgedmilitary service. “As of February 12, 2019, as many as 52,140 people have been granted amnesty,” he said.

The Russian reconciliation center continues to fulfill assigned tasks after the completion of the military campaign in Syria. The center’s officers regularly travel around the country’s liberated areas to assess the humanitarian situation. The main efforts of the Russian military are now focused on assistance to the refugees returning to their homes and evacuation of civilians from de-escalation zones.

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