Syria truce mostly holds at start of second day, monitor says

by Reuters  |  published on September 13, 2016

A nationwide ceasefire was mostly holding across Syria at the start of its second day on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Some air attacks and shelling were reported in the first hours of the truce on Monday evening, in areas including the north Hama countryside, East Ghouta and north of Aleppo, the monitoring body said.

But that appeared to die down and the Observatory said it had not recorded a single civilian death from fighting in the fifteen hours since the ceasefire came into effect at 7 p.m. (12:00 p.m. EDT) on Monday.

The ceasefire, brokered by Russia and the United States, is their second attempt this year by to halt Syria’s five-year-old civil war. Russia is a major backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while the United States supports some of the rebel groups fighting to topple him.

The truce does not cover the jihadist groups Islamic State or Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a group formerly called the Nusra Front which was al Qaeda’s Syria branch until it changed its name in July.

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