Northern Homs Awaits Entry of Aid After Deployment of Russian Military Police

Russian forces have erected two checkpoints and a number of observation posts to monitor the cease-fire in the area, opposition site Zaman al-Wasl reports

Russian military police have been deployed in the northern countryside of central Homs province, setting up two checkpoints and a number of observation points as part of a cease-fire deal reached last week.

The main Russian checkpoint was erected at the Dar al-Kabirah crossing, the only gateway to northern Homs, a local reporter said.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov announced the deployment on Thursday, saying the Russian military police will establish two checkpoints in the Harb Nafseh and Dayr districts and three observation posts in the districts of Khmeirat, Qubeibat and Tel Ameri, AP reported.

The truce that began Thursday 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 seventh year.

Meanwhile, rebel factions operating in northern Homs have formed a committee of 15 commanders who will meet with the Russian military to discuss the file of detainees and the forcibly disappeared, as well the entry of food and aid to the besieged districts.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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