Cease­fire sealed for rebel pocket near Da­m­as­cus

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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.

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