Syrian Army announces 72-hour nationwide ceasefire

Damascus: The Syrian army said on Tuesday it was observing a 72-hour ceasefire across the country, in an announcement coinciding with the festival marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

"A 'regime of silence' is applied across all territory of the Syrian Arab Republic for 72 hours from 1:00 am on 6 July to midnight on 8 July," the army said in a statement republished by official media.

The statement did not specify whether the ceasefire extended to military action against jihadists such as the Islamic State group or the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front.

A ceasefire between regime forces and non-jihadist rebel groups was announced by Russia and the United States in late February but had mostly collapsed amid repeated violations.

Updated Date: Jul 06, 2016 17:08 PM

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