Syria truce crumbles as air raids hit Eastern Ghouta

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With many of its towns and villages ravaged by bombardments in the six-year conflict, eastern Ghouta near the capital is one of the last bastions of rebels fighting President Bashar Al-Assad's regime.

The Syrian army announced the cessation of hostilities in several areas of a rebel stronghold near the capital Damascus.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Saturday had been relatively calm after the ceasefire took effect with isolated incidents of shellfire.

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.

"Yes, the agreement was reached and now it came into force", he said, adding that the agreement would hopefully end the siege in Ghouta and would allow the delivery of humanitarian aid and fuel.

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

On July 7, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that experts from Russia, the United States and Jordan agreed on a memorandum on the establishment of a de-escalation zone in Syria's southwestern provinces following the first face-to-face meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump.

The army announced a halt in fighting in areas of Eastern Ghouta last Saturday from midday local time, but did not say which areas exactly would be included.

More than 330,000 people have been killed in Syria since its conflict broke out in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

But the accord has yet to be fully implemented over disagreements on policing the safe zones. But no rebel group said it had signed the Cairo agreement, with one influential group saying it was not involved.

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The first cease-fire for areas in southern Syria was brokered by Russian Federation, the United States, and Jordan.

"The first humanitarian convoy to the de-escalation zone and evacuation of the injured are due within days", the Russian ministry added.

"It is true, the agreement was reached and now it came into force", Alloush said.

The Syrian regime has also repeatedly broken previous ceasefire agreements.

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