Ceasefire sealed for rebel pocket near Damascus
CAIRO/BEIRUT: A ceasefire deal for a Syrian rebel enclave south of Damascus was reached on Thursday, brokered by Cairo and Moscow, Egyptian state media said.
The agreement, which includes the Jaish al Islam rebel faction, went into effect at midday on Thursday, Egyptian state television said.
“We announced a preliminary agreement over the will to enter into a ceasefire and de-escalation deal for the area,” Jaish al Islam political leader Mohammad Alloush said in televised comments. Details would be worked out in the near future, he said.
The announcement did not name the exact area or towns covered by the ceasefire, and did not mention the Syrian government. There was no immediate comment from Damascus. Rebel factions hold a small pocket of territory south of Damascus, bordered to the west by an IS enclave and surrounded from the other sides by Syrian troops and allied forces.