Syria army announces halt in fighting in parts of Ghouta
DAMASCUS, Syria – Syria's army announced on Saturday, July 22, a halt in fighting in parts of Eastern Ghouta after rebels and regime ally Russia agreed on how a safe zone will function for the besieged opposition enclave.
The army "announces a halt in fighting in some areas of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus province from midday on Saturday (0900 GMT or 5 pm Philippine time)," it said in a statement carried by state news agency SANA.
"The army will retaliate in a suitable manner to any violation" of the ceasefire, the statement said, without specifying what areas were included.
Russia said earlier Saturday it had signed a deal with "moderate" Syrian rebels at peace talks in Cairo on how a safe zone would function in Eastern Ghouta.
Eastern Ghouta is in one of four proposed "de-escalation zones" designated in an agreement reached by government allies Iran and Russia and rebel backer Turkey in May.
But the deal has yet to be fully implemented over disagreements on the monitoring mechanism for the safe zones. – Rappler.com