Rebels, Syrian gov't reach initial ceasefire agreement in southern Damascus
People remove rubble at thier destroyed house after airstrikes on rebel-held Arbin, Outskirts of Damascus, Syria, July 25, 2017. EPA-EFE/FILE/MOHAMMED BADRA
Cairo, Oct 12 (efe-epa).- One of Syria's main rebel groups and the government have reached an initial ceasefire agreement in southern Damascus, a spokesman told EFE on Thursday.
Spokesman for the opposition Jaysh al-Islam ("Army of Islam"), Mohamed Alush, told EFE that the rebel group seeks to avoid more forced displacement of people in southern Damascus.
"We reached an initial agreement about the matter," Alush said, adding that within the next few weeks, both sides would close a global deal, without providing further information.
Egyptian state-run newspaper Al-Ahram said that the deal, encouraged by Russia, opens the door for more rebel factions to join in.
The Syrian army on July 22 announced a ceasefire in the region of Eastern Ghouta, the opposition's main stronghold in Damascus' suburbs, under Egyptian mediation.
The ceasefire, however, was violated within a few weeks due to new clashes between the opposing sides.