Syr­ian cease­fire deal agreed

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BEIRUT: Egypt’s state me­dia and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a Syr­ian rebel group are say­ing three Syr­ian op­po­si­tion fac­tions have reached a cease­fire deal for a south­ern part of Da­m­as­cus that has been the scene of re­cent vi­o­lence.

The state-run Mena news agency and Mo­hammed Al­loush of the rebel group Jaysh al-Is­lam, or Army of Is­lam, said the deal had been reached un­der Egyp­tian and Rus­sian aus­pices. Mena says the deal was signed in Cairo yes­ter­day and went into ef­fect at noon.

Al­loush said the three par­ties to the deal were Army of Is­lam, Jaysh al-Aba­bil and Ak­naf Beit al-Maqdis, which is linked to the Pales­tinian Ha­mas group.

The deal would also open hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­cess and pre­vent dis­plac­ing res­i­dents in­side Syria.

Mean­while, Syr­ian op­po­si­tion ac­tivists say govern­ment troops are push­ing deeper into an IS strong­hold in the coun­try’s east, the town of Mayadeen. – AP

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