المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

The first negotiations after the massacres of Douma lead to the revival of the old agreement between Jaysh Al-Islam with the Russians and the regime

Rif Dimashq Province – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from a number of reliable sources that the negotiations which took place today, Sunday the 8th of April 2018, between Jaysh Al-Islam and representatives of the Russian side, led to the revival of the old agreement between the both parties, which based on the release of thousands of abductees and captives arrested by Jaysh Al-Islam, and the departure of those who reject the agreement towards the Syrian North, where its expected that practical steps will be carried out in the next few hours, after the military operations and shelling had stopped on Douma city which witnessed bloody massacres in the past two days, which left hundreds of casualties and wounded, and which were coincided with violent attack by the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities in places in the vicinity of Douma area, through which the regime forces managed to achive advancement and take the control of about 50 farms  east of Douma from the side of Al-Raihan farms, where the clashes and intensive shelling on the battle fronts and the contact lines between the both parties, resulted in the fall of human losses in the ranks of the both parties, where the SOHR documented the death of 26 members at least of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, while 12 fighters at least of Jaysh Al-Islam were killed, in addition to the injury of tens of members in the ranks of the both parties with varying severity.


And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published few hours ago, that it has increased to 56 casualties at least including 19 children and 10 women, who were killed in the intensive bombardment on Douma city, in the past 24 hours, among them there are 21 casualties including 9 children and 3 women were killed as a result of suffocation in the bombardment which resulted in the destruction of the houses’ cellars as a result of the intensity of the bombardment which stopped about an hour ago on Douma area, in conjunction with negotiations that are underway between the Russian side and representatives of Jaysh Al-Islam, to reach a new and conclusive agreement about the situation in Douma city, which has witnessed bombardment by hundreds of raids, explosive barrels, shells and missiles believed to be ground-to-ground, since Friday morning the 6th of April 2018, and with the death of more citizens, it has increased to 96 at least including 27 children and 16 woman, the number of persons who have been killed since Friday, and the death toll is expected to rise because there are some people in critical situation, where reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that some of the casualties and wounded suffocated as a result of the demolition of home basements due to the heavy and intense shelling on Douma city, and the trusted sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory of Rights that the number of injuries today has exceeds 500, including tens of children and tens of women, where more than 70 of them have suffered suffocation as a result of the demolition of home basements over them due to the heavy and intense shelling on the last area beyond the regime forces’ control in the Eastern Ghouta, which is the stronghold of Jaysh al-Islam.


And the SOHR published on Friday, that it 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.”


And in the same context, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained a copy of the proposals offered by Jaysh Al-Islam yesterday which the Russian side refused, reads:


“1- Completing the transfer of the fighters and activists with their families to the Syrian North, and we expect that will be finished soon.


2- Holding an extensive and permanent ceasefire between all parties including all kinds of military attacks by all types of weapons including aerial bombing.


3- Forming a joint committee of the Russian military police and Jaysh Al-Islam whose task is to disarm the heavy weapons and establish the places where they will be exist and those who will be in charge of them, on condition that the weapons remain in their places and this committee will start on the 7th of April 2018.


4- The Russian military police will establish observation points at the entrances of the crossings and some points in the fronts between the regime forces and Jaysh Al-Islam, to ensure that the ceasefire will not be breached and these points will start on the 7th of April 2018.


5- Forming a joint committee of Jaysh Al-Islam and the Russian military police whose task is to disarm the light and medium weapons, and the final handing over of weapons is connected to the comprehensive political solution in Syria, and the work of this committee will start on the 17th of April 2018.


6- Entering committees of non-governmental civil institutions to organize civil works and to approve the civil operations carried out during the previous period in accordance with the laws of the state, and these committees will be entered on the 7th of April 2018.


7- Forming a civil police of the members of the existing civil police after a list of their names is brought to the Ministry of the Interior in Damascus, their number reaches 1000 members and will be affiliated to the Ministry of Interior in the terms of salaries, laws and services.


8- Approving the courts of Douma and to be subordinate to the Ministry of Justice.


9- Agreeing to international guarantees, to prevent the entry of regime forces and security into the city.


10- Ensuring the right of Jaysh Al-Islam to engage in the political opposition action, and the independence of its political movement inside and outside Syria.


11- The crossing will be freely and securely opened for persons and goods, when the Russian military police station opens at the crossing.


12- Ensuring the return of people want to come back of those who have been displaced to the Syrian north.”

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