Syr­ian op­po­si­tion groups agree to deal on cease-fire

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - WORLD -

Three Syr­ian op­po­si­tion fac­tions have agreed to cease fire in south­ern Da­m­as­cus un­der an agree­ment bro­kered by Egypt and Rus­sia that was not signed by the Syr­ian govern­ment, of­fi­cials said Thurs­day.

The deal did not spec­ify the area, but the three rebel groups con­trol a pocket south of Da­m­as­cus that is ad­ja­cent to ar­eas con­trolled by the Is­lamic

State group. The deal would al­low for hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­cess but would not in­volve the re­lo­ca­tion of mil­i­tants or res­i­dents.

Sev­eral such deals in re­cent years have in­volved bus­ing tens of thou­sands of peo­ple to the rebel-held Idlib prov­ince, in north­west­ern Syria. The op­po­si­tion has ac­cused the govern­ment of forced dis­place­ment, charges de­nied by Syr­ian of­fi­cials.

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