Media: Assad’s forces bombard areas of Syria that are part of de-escalation zones

The forces of Bashar Al-Assad resumed the bombardment of the areas controlled by the opposition, Anadolu news agency reports. According to the agency, air strikes have continued on neighborhoods in Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Daraa, and Damascus, all of which are part of the de-escalation zones in Syria.

According to media reports, the towns of Jisr al-Shugur and Bdama, the Kurdag region, the northern region of Latamna, the central part of Dar’a, and districts in East Ghouta and Jobar have been subjected to massive air strikes. Air strikes have also been carried out in the central part of the Daraa province, located in the south of Syria. The area of Jobar, which is under the control of the opposition, and the city of Irbin, east of Damascus, is bombarded with mortars.

Because of the continuing bombardment, residents of Kesien, in the north of Homs, were forced to leave their homes, the media added.

Earlier, the Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoy, said that the civil war in Syria had actually stopped.

 "The situation changed drastically after the signing of a memorandum in Astana on May 4th, establishing de-escalation zones in the Syrian Arab Republic. In fact, the civil war in Syria has stopped. In addition, the introduction of the memorandum made it possible to start the work on the restoration of war-torn areas not occupied by terrorist organizations," Rudskoy pointed out.

According to him, the population is returning to liberated cities and towns, while households, energy supply facilities, transportation, and roads are being actively restored, and irrigation channels for agricultural lands are being filled with water. He specified that humanitarian access to de-escalation zones has been renewed. Over the past month, 14 humanitarian convoys have been sent through international organizations, which have significantly improved the situation for the population.

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