Syria’s Ceasefire Holding Despite Minor Violations

Osama Abu Zeid of the the main moderate Syrian opposition group, Free Syrian Army, shows what he said is a copy of the five-point ceasefire agreement for Syria, during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Syrian opposition activists say a nationwide ceasefire that went into effect at midnight is holding despite minor violations.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported clashes early Friday between troops and rebels in the central province of Hama and near the capital, Damascus. Opposition activist Mazen al-Shami, who is based in the Damascus suburb of Douma, says minor clashes nearby left one rebel wounded.

The ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey marks a potential breakthrough in the nearly six-year-long conflict, though past truces have failed.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency meanwhile quoted the military as saying Russia carried out three airstrikes against Islamic State targets near the northern town of al-Bab, where Turkish troops and allied Syrian forces have been battling the terrorist group, which is excluded from the truce.

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