Syria truce begins, but clashes erupt near Damascus

Residents buy petrol on a street in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on December 30, 2016 as a truce brokered by Russia and Turkey came into effectA nationwide ceasefire was holding across most of Syria on Friday but clashes near Damascus underlined the fragility of the deal brokered by Turkey and Russia. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government and rebel forces were fighting in the Wadi Barada area, where opposition fighters have cut water supplies to the capital.

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