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Calm at start of Syria holiday ceasefire: Watchdog

Published on Oct 26, 2012 1:35 PM
 
A Syrian family crosses a flooded avenue in the northern city of Aleppo, on Oct 25, 2012. Syria was calm early on Friday after the country's army and main rebel force said they had agreed to a ceasefire for the four-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIRUT (AFP) - Syria was calm early on Friday after the country's army and main rebel force said they had agreed to a ceasefire for the four-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

The calm had settled following a night of heavy fighting across the country, , the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Syrian state television showed President Bashar al-Assad attending morning prayers for the start of Eid at a mosque in Damascus, smiling and seeming relaxed as he chatted with other worshippers.

The Observatory said fighting had taken place overnight around the country, including in the Damascus area, in Syria's commercial capital Aleppo and in the centre of the country near the border with Lebanon.

 
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