Calm near Syr­ian cap­i­tal as fight­ing freezes

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEIRUT—Two key op­po­si­tion-con­trolled ar­eas near Syria’s cap­i­tal were rel­a­tively calm on Wed­nes­day af­ter ap­peals by Rus­sia for a tem­po­rary freeze in fight­ing there, a mon­i­tor and an ac­tivist told AFP.

Fierce fight­ing had been rock­ing the be­sieged op­po­si­tion-held town of Daraya, south­west of Da­m­as­cus, and in Eastern Ghouta, a large rebel bas­tion east of the cap­i­tal. But clashes sub­sided in both by Tues­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights mon­i­tor­ing group.

“It has been quiet in both ar­eas since dawn,” Ob­ser­va­tory head Rami Ab­del Rahman told AFP.—Agen­cies

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