المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

With an intense firepower, the regime forces supported by their allies carry out a ground attack on Douma from two areas, and the Russian response to the proposals of Jaysh al-Islam confirms what the Syrian Observatory published this morning

Rif Dimashq Province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the intensive aerial and missile shelling continues on a several areas of Douma city, which is considered the last area beyond the regime forces’ control in the Eastern Ghouta, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored hundreds of air and missile strikes by warplanes, helicopters and the regime forces targeting the city since 4 hours before Friday afternoon, with where warplanes and helicopter carried out at least 80 airstrikes between missiles and barrel bombs, in conjunction with shelling by the regime forces with more than 230 missiles and rocket shells, and the Syrian Observatory documented the death of 32 people at least including women and 7 children at least, as a result of the hysterical aerial bombardment on Douma city.

This crazy aerial and ground shelling comes in conjunction with a land attack carried out by the regime forces supported by gunmen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities on Douma city from two areas, the southwest area and the eastern part of al-Rihan and Mesraba farms, where the violent clashes are taking place between them against fighters of Jaysh al-Islam in both areas, accompanied by intensive air and missile shelling, and confirmed information about casualties in the ranks of both parties.

In the same context, the Syrian Observatory obtained a copy of a paper containing the Russian response to the submissions made by Jaysh Islam, the Russian reply emphasized on that Jaysh al-Islam must hand over its weapons, the thing which was noted by the Syrian Observatory today morning, Friday. The Russian response came through the General in charge of negotiating with Jaysh al-Islam reads:

“1- You hand over heavy weapons, the government moving backwards, you make sure that the government is pulling heavy weapons, and we ensure that warplanes will not be used.

2- The heavy weapon is delivered for three days.

3- You hand over light weapons, and at the same time the government withdraws the forces for one week.

4- Who hands over his weapon, his situation will be settled, and whose situation is settled applies for enlistment in the police which will be formed and Russia is the guarantor.

5- After the settling the situations (for two weeks), a police battalion of fighters of Jaysh al-Islam will be formed.

6- The battalion receives Russian weapons and proceeds to fight ISIS and Nusra.

7- The Russian military police will stand tomorrow on the checkpoints and free movement in the city.

8- After disarmament, a committee of Rif Dimashq Province comes to solve all the problems of the city.”

The Syrian Observatory published today morning, Friday, the 6th of April 2018 that Douma city, the last area remaining out the regime’s control in the Eastern Ghouta, witnesses continuation of the suspension of transferring the displaced people from Douma to the Syrian North, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that this suspension is coincided with the continuation of the negotiations between the Russian side and Jaysh Al-Islam, in order to reach a new agreement leads to a “new settlement” about Douma, the Eastern Qalamoun, the southern Rif Dimashq and the south of Damascus, where sources confirmed to the SOHR that a paper of proposals was taken to the Kremlin by Jaysh Al-Islam, included several points most notably is the remaining of Jaysh Al-Islam in Douma with its arm, without Russian acceptance until now, where it is supposed that the Russians will express their acceptance or rejection to these proposals tomorrow, Saturday, and the sources confirmed to the SOHR that in the case of the Russian rejection and the breakdown of the negotiations between the both parties, it is expected that Douma will witness a military operation.

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