Syrian army declares two-day ceasefire in Deraa

Sunday, 18 June 2017

The Syrian military says it has suspended combat operations in the southern city of Deraa for 48 hours, as mediators announced two separate attempts to convene a new round of talks next month.

The Syrian army general command said the ceasefire, effective at 09:00 GMT on Saturday, was being implemented to support “reconciliation efforts”, according to a statement carried by state news agency SANA.

The announcement came on the same day as the United Nations said it wanted to start a fresh round of talks between Syrian factions on July 10 in Geneva, and Moscow said it hoped to hold discussions in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, on July 4-5.