Southwest Syria Ceasefire Holding

Reuters news agency reports today that a U.S.-Russian brokered ceasefire for southwest Syria held through the day. The United States, Russia and Jordan reached a “de-escalation agreement” during U.S. President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Germany this week. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitoring group, said “calm was prevailing” with no air strikes or clashes in the southwest since the truce began at noon (0900 GMT) on Sunday.

A spokesman for the Alwiyat al-Furqan rebel faction in the Quneitra area said, “The situation is relatively calm.” Major Issam al Rayes, spokesman of the Southern Front coalition of Western-backed rebel groups, said “a cautious calm” continued into the evening. Another rebel official, in Deraa city, said there had been no significant fighting. It was quiet on the main Manshiya front near the border with Jordan, which he said had been the site of some of the heaviest army bombing in recent weeks.

A Syrian official indicated that Damascus approved of the ceasefire deal, describing the government’s silence over it as a “sign of satisfaction”. “We welcome any step that would cease the fire and pave the way for peaceful solutions,” the government official told Reuters.

Reuters report found here.

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