Six-month truce agreed in three Syria towns: monitor

A picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency on March 31, 2015, shows Syrian pro-government fighters sitting on an armoured vehicle in the mountains surrounding the city of ZabadaniAn agreement was reached Thursday between the warring parties in Syria for a six-month truce in the rebel-held town of Zabadani and two Shiite towns in the northwest, a monitor said. “A ceasefire in Zabadani and the villages of Fuaa and Kafraya was agreed under the sponsorship of the UN,” Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP. A UN spokeswoman, Jessy Chahine, told AFP: “We can confirm that there were positive developments in the talks, which were facilitated by the UN,” but added that it was up to the parties themselves to say if there was a deal to announce.

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