Government forces reconciliation by preventing flour into city of al-Rahiba, Damascus suburbs

تحرير سعيد غزّول | ترجمة غلوري جابر | تحرير الترجمة Freda Hocaine 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 12 فبراير، 2018 1:58:25 م خبر عسكريإغاثي وإنساني الحصار

Damascus Suburbs - SMART

Two days ago, the Syrian government stopped allowing flour into al-Rabiha, eastern Qalamoun, Damascus suburbs. The cessation comes as a government tactic to force military factions in the region to accept reconciliation.

On Monday, a local source told SMART that the previous day, three bakeries in al-Rabiha (47km northeast of Damascus) had to close as a result of the cessation of flour and fuel by loyalist forces in their attempts to force factions and civilians to accept their conditions. The source added that the government’s decision came after negotiations between three parties took place; these being a Russian delegation, the government’s delegation and the Negotiations Commission for eastern Qalamoun. The negotiations failed to reach an agreement and no further reasons were given at to why. The source also pointed out that the negotiations were initially activated through a mechanism for de-escalation.

The source further pointed out that whilst until now, no action has been taken by officials in the eastern Qalamoun region, it has been possible for small quantities of flour to be entered into the city from it’s neighbouring (and also beseiged) city of Jeiroud. The little quantities entering through this method are insufficient in catering for a city that previously consumed 3 tons of flour a day, roughly equalling 3,000 bread loaves daily.

Marwan al-Qadi, spokesman for the Operations Room of eastern Qalamoun, told SMART that some of the items for discussion during recent negotiations between parties were those of enlisting young men to military service, activating hospitals, and entering medical relief materials, all in exchange for a “reconciliation” in the region. The factions operating in the region however, refused the terms of the agreement, thereby prompting the government to exert more pressure amid the siege.

A member of Al-Rabiha’s local council media office told SMART that since late last year, as a result of the siege imposed by loyalist forces, the city had suffered from a shortage of food, baby milk, medicine and medical supplies.

The siege of al-Rahiba comes despite agreements made between the Negotiations Commission and the governmental delegation, which stipulates the opening up of roads to allow entry and exit to and from the city, as well as the provision of key basic services, in exchange for the removal of weapons and raising of the governmental flag above all institutions within the region.

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تحرير سعيد غزّول | ترجمة غلوري جابر | تحرير الترجمة Freda Hocaine 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 12 فبراير، 2018 1:58:25 م خبر عسكريإغاثي وإنساني الحصار
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