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Syria: Assad visits recaptured Daraya hours before ceasefire begins01:10

Syria: Assad visits recaptured Daraya hours before ceasefire begins

Syrian Arab Republic, Daraya
September 12, 2016 at 16:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited the Damascus suburb of Daraya to attend a service in celebration of the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, or the 'Festival of the Slaughter,’ on Monday. The suburb was long held by anti-government forces, who recently surrendered to Assad’s forces following a four-year siege.

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 visits recaptured Daraya hours before ceasefire begins01:10
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited the Damascus suburb of Daraya to attend a service in celebration of the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, or the 'Festival of the Slaughter,’ on Monday. The suburb was long held by anti-government forces, who recently surrendered to Assad’s forces following a four-year siege.

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.