Jaysh al-Islam Leader Confirms Agreement on De-Escalation in Eastern Ghouta

Jaysh al-Islam Leader Confirms Agreement on De-Escalation in Eastern Ghouta

Jaysh al-Islam Leader Confirms Agreement on De-Escalation in Eastern Ghouta

Syria's regime carried out air raids yesterday on one of the last rebel strongholds near Damascus, a monitor said, a day after it declared a ceasefire in parts of the enclave.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said there had been isolated incidents of shellfire since the announced ceasefire took effect, but no major fighting.

A ceasefire has been announced to cover one last rebel strongholds near Damascus, after Syrian rebels and regime ally Russian Federation agreed on a "safe zone" for the besieged opposition enclave of Eastern Ghouta.

State television reported a "cessation of fighting activities in several areas of Eastern Ghouta".

In recent weeks, hostilities have intensified in eastern Ghouta, where government forces are trying to make progress against rebel and Islamist factions.

Numerous attempts at a lasting ceasefire in western Syria, where rebels have lost ground to government forces and their allies over the a year ago, have often collapsed with both sides trading the blame.

Eastern Ghouta is in one of four proposed "de-escalation zones" named in a deal reached in May by allies Iran and Russian Federation, who back Assad's government, and Turkey, which supports the opposition forces.

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Early this year, Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to form four proposed safe zones in Syria, including the Eastern Ghouta area.

Syrian armed opposition group Jaysh al-Islam confirmed the agreement on de-escalation zone. But no rebel group said it had signed the Cairo agreement, with one influential group saying it was not involved. The ceasefire came into force on July 9.

Syria and Russian Federation have announced agreement on a cease-fire in an area that is a stronghold of opposition forces near the capital, Damascus.

The May accord roughly laid out the areas where rebels and government forces should halt hostilities, including air strikes, for six months.

Russia, Iran and Turkey are guarantors of the Syrian ceasefire regime.

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