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    Some 1,500 people pass through the security checkpoint in Syria's southwestern Daraa province, where a safe zone has been established.

    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – Russian servicemen at a checkpoint in Syria's southwestern Daraa province have checked some 1,500 people and 1,000 vehicles every day since the safe zone in the area was established, Russian military police serviceman said Monday.

    "We have been staying at this border checkpoint for two weeks, everything is normal… We check thousands of people, [namely] how many enter and how many exit. Some 1,500 people per day. We inspect cars to prevent transfers of arms and ammunition. We communicate well with everybody, [and] the Syrians with us, as well," Artur Kartoev told reporters, adding that around 1,000 cars pass the checkpoint per day.

    The figures demonstrate that the local population have stopped being afraid of militants, been getting used to a peaceful life and shown an understanding of the security requirements, he said.

    The memorandum on the establishment of a de-escalation zone in the Daraa, Quneitra and As-Suwayda provinces in southwestern Syria was agreed upon by Russia, Jordan and the United States on July 7. The ceasefire took effect on July 9. Since then, Russian military police have set up new checkpoints and observation posts throughout the safe zone to ensure that hostilities do not resume.

    Syria has been in the state of civil war for six years, with government forces fighting against both Syrian opposition groups who strive to overthrow President Bashar Assad, and numerous extremist and terrorist groups such as Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al Sham, both of which are outlawed in Russia.

    Memorandum on Safe Zones in Syria (89)


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