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Syrian warplanes pound northern Homs despite truce

Local | 2017-08-10 16:36:55
Syrian warplanes pound northern Homs despite truce
 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian regime warplanes carried out 10 raids on Hola region north of central Homs city, killing one person and wounding dozen, a week since Russia brokered a ceasefire deal and deployed its military police, local reporter said on Thursday.

The strikes pounded town of Teldo, Tel Thahab, Aqrab and Kafr Laha, recording first casualty since the truce declared last Thursday. In response, rebel have cut off the man power supply station that feeds Coastal region

The Russian military police have withdrawn from Dar al-Kabira checkpoint, the only gateway to northern Homs, due to the escalation. Russia’s police were deployed on Sunday In the northern countryside, setting up two checkpoints and observation points.  

The truce and the deployment are part of the third of four planned cease-fires reached in recent months under an agreement brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey in May that aims to "de-escalate" the violent Syrian civil war, now in its sixth year.

On Wednesday, the Russian center for reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria delivered humanitarian aid to civilians living in the northern Homs, Russian news site Sputnik said

The area is part of the de-escalation zone, with the agreement on its functioning reached by representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry and moderate Syrian opposition on July 31. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, a total of 84 settlements with a population of more than 147,000 people are in the zone.

A committee formed by rebel factions and civil society in northern Homs met with the Russian military on Tuesday as part of a cease-fire deal reached last week where both parties discussed the fate of forcibly disappeared and detainees as well the food and aid entry to the besieged region.

The committee, in statement posted online, said residents and rebels of de-escalation zones in Syria seek a unified platform for the basic three zones in Eastern Ghouta, Syrian south and northern Homs, to reach a new deal to substitute Cairo agreement.

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