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Russia-sponsored truce in Syria’s Homs reached

Syria's civil war
Assad forces and opposition forces have reached a Russian-sponsored ceasefire in Homs province, Al-Arabiya News reported Thursday.


The truce included implementing a safe zone, Moscow announced.


“From 1200 local time (0900 GMT), units of the moderate opposition and government forces will completely stop firing, “defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.


Konashenkov said Moscow and opposition groups had reached an agreement on the “operational details “of a “de-escalation zone” in Homs at talks in Cairo on July 31.


The zone is the third to be established in Syria under a Russian-led initiative aimed at stilling fighting in four zones between President Bashar al-Assad's force and rebels.


Konashenkov said Russian military police will set up two checkpoints and three observation posts on Friday along the boundaries of the zone dividing the two forces. 


The northern parts of Homs province were recently being shelled by regime forces and hit by intermittent air strikes.

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