Date: Sunday, 23-July-2017, 10:28 AM | Message # 1
The Syrian military has declared a cessation of hostilities in the Eastern Ghouta region just outside the capital Damascus. The military says the fighting came to a halt at 0900 GMT on Saturday. Earlier, Russia announced that the warring sides had agreed on a deal declaring Eastern Ghouta as a de-escalation zone. The Russian Defense Ministry also defined the borders of the de-escalation zone as well as the routes for delivering humanitarian aid and a clear passage for civilians. The agreement was signed in accordance with the Astana accord. Iran, Russia and Turkey agreed in May on the creation of four safe zones in an effort to reduce violence in Syria. The de-escalation zones also include Idlib and Homs and another one on the country’s southern border with Jordan.