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Syria: Assad attends service in Daraya mosque for Eid al-Adha01:14

Syria: Assad attends service in Daraya mosque for Eid al-Adha

Syrian Arab Republic, Daraya
September 12, 2016 at 15:14 GMT -00:00 · Published

Syrian President Bashar Assad attended a service at a mosque in the Damascus suburb of Daraya, Monday, as the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, or the 'Festival of the Slaughter,’ continued.

Eid al-Adha is the second of two globally celebrated holidays in Islam, the other Eid Al-Fitr, with the former honouring Ibrahim/Abraham's will to sacrifice his son to God before Jibra'il/Gabriel's intervention. Animals are often sacrificed on the holiday to remember Ibrahim's offering.

On Saturday, the US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced in Geneva that they had reached an agreement that would lead to a ceasefire in the five-year-old Syrian civil war. The ceasefire deal is set to come into effect at sunset (6:43 GMT). The 48-hour ceasefire is the first step in part of what could be a weeklong truce throughout Syria. It has been given the consent of the Syrian government and anti-government militias fighting in the country. However, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as Jahbat al-Nusra before their break with al-Qaeda, and the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) are not included in the ceasefire.

The truce will allow the improvement of humanitarian corridors so aid can be sent those most heavily affected by the fighting, particularly the civilians who remain in Aleppo.

Syria: Assad attends service in Daraya mosque for Eid al-Adha01:14
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Syrian President Bashar Assad attended a service at a mosque in the Damascus suburb of Daraya, Monday, as the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, or the 'Festival of the Slaughter,’ continued.

Eid al-Adha is the second of two globally celebrated holidays in Islam, the other Eid Al-Fitr, with the former honouring Ibrahim/Abraham's will to sacrifice his son to God before Jibra'il/Gabriel's intervention. Animals are often sacrificed on the holiday to remember Ibrahim's offering.

On Saturday, the US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced in Geneva that they had reached an agreement that would lead to a ceasefire in the five-year-old Syrian civil war. The ceasefire deal is set to come into effect at sunset (6:43 GMT). The 48-hour ceasefire is the first step in part of what could be a weeklong truce throughout Syria. It has been given the consent of the Syrian government and anti-government militias fighting in the country. However, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as Jahbat al-Nusra before their break with al-Qaeda, and the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) are not included in the ceasefire.

The truce will allow the improvement of humanitarian corridors so aid can be sent those most heavily affected by the fighting, particularly the civilians who remain in Aleppo.

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