SYRIAN GOVERNMENT, REBELS AGREE ON CEASE-FIRE IN EASTERN GHOUTA IN VIENNA PEACE TALKS
The Syrian government and opposition delegations, agreed on a cease-fire, in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta countryside, during the Syrian talks in Vienna.
Calling it a breakthrough, the report said, both delegations agreed on the cease-fire that will go into effect at midnight Saturday (today), thus ending a two-month escalation between the government forces and rebels in the Eastern Ghouta region.
The agreement came, as the Syrian government and the opposition wrapped up the two-day UN-mediated Syrian talks in Vienna.
Additionally, both sides agreed on the entry of humanitarian aid into the besieged areas and the exchange of detainees.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also reported the midnight cease-fire in Eastern Ghouta, saying, the rebels of Jaish al-Islam, or Islam Army, as well as, the Failaq al-Rahman, agreed with the Russians, on establishing the cease-fire at midnight, Saturday.
The London-based watchdog said, the Failaq al-Rahman stipulated the entry of relief into the besieged rebel-held areas in Eastern Ghouta, within 24 hours, following the establishment of the cease-fire.
The observatory said, the al-Qaeda-linked Levant Liberation Committee (LLC), is also included in the deal.
Battles were raging on in Eastern Ghouta, over the past two months, when the al-Qaeda-linked group and allied militants launched attacks on a key Syrian military base in Harasta, in Eastern Ghouta.
According to the Observatory, at least 266 civilians were killed, over the past month, as a result of the exchange of fire inside Damascus and in Eastern Ghouta, where 400,000 are said to be besieged, in the rebel-held region.
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