Syria’s nationwide ceasefire effective despite intermittent clashes

Opposition supporters took the opportunity to protest in the rebel-held city of Idlib

BBC – A new nationwide ceasefire between Syrian government forces and rebel groups appears to be largely holding.

However, isolated clashes have been reported since the truce, brokered by Russia and Turkey, went into effect at midnight (22:00 GMT) on Thursday.

The deal includes many rebel factions, but not the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) or the Kurdish YPG militia.

The truce is intended to be a prelude to peace talks between the warring parties in Kazakhstan next month.

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