Rus­sia: Truce now in ef­fect in an­other Syria safe zone

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BEIRUT | | Rus­sia’s De­fense Min­istry announced a cease-fire for a third safe zone in war-torn Syria on Thurs­day, paving the way for the de­liv­ery of sorely needed hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief to rebel-held ar­eas north of the city of Homs.

In cen­tral Syria, mean­while a swap be­tween Le­banon’s mil­i­tant Hezbol­lah group and Syria’s al-Qaida af­fil­i­ate ended with more than 7,000 fighters and civil­ians cross­ing into rebel-held parts of north­ern Syria in re­turn for the re­lease of five Le­banese mil­i­tants who ar­rived in gov­ern­ment-held parts of the coun­try.

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