27 Feb '16, 3am

Syria fighting largely halts: Fighting appeared to stop across most areas of western Syria on Saturd...

Syria fighting largely halts: Fighting appeared to stop across most areas of western Syria on Saturd...

Fighting appeared to stop across most areas of western Syria on Saturday after a cessation of hostilities came into effect under a U.S.-Russian plan which warring sides in the five-year conflict have committed to. A monitoring group and the United Nations reported only isolated fire in western Syria after the cessation began at midnight on Saturday (2200 GMT Friday). The United Nations said incidents in Damascus and Deraa within the first minutes of the temporary ceasefire had quickly calmed down. Damascus and its ally Russia, as well as a range of insurgent groups fighting against them, had said they would commit to the plan. The truce does not apply to Islamic State and al Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front, and the Syrian government and Moscow have said they will not halt combat against those militants. The United Nations unanimously demanded late on Friday that all partie...

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