Syria: Ceasefire to begin at midnight

According to the ceasefire agreement that will take effect this evening, fighting will be reduced and four areas within Syria will be demilitarized. Iran, Russia and Turkey signed the document yesterday, despite the rebel forces’ opposition.
Ceasefire in Syria Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Russia, Iran and Turkey signed a ceasefire agreement yesterday without the Syrian rebel forces’ approval and it will take effect tonight (Friday) at midnight. According to Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin, the ceasefire agreement “will bring hope for a more comprehensive agreement to end the fighting and the hostility in Syria.”

“It was supported by all principal players, including the UN, the US administration, Saudi Arabia and other nations, so there is a certain degree of guarantee that the memorandum will be implemented,” Fomin added. According to the agreement, four areas within Syria will be demilitarized. In addition, Russia clarified that the airstrikes against ISIS within the demilitarized zones will continue.

Yesterday, representatives from Russia, Turkey and Iran, who sponsored the ceasefire talks between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and the rebel forces, signed a memorandum of understanding to reduce fighting in several regions. Among the regions declared within the document was Idlib, where the chemical attack took place last month.

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