Syria rebels, regime agree truce in Damascus district: NGO
BEIRUT (AFP) - Syrian rebels in the northern Damascus district of Barzeh on Sunday, Dec 5, 2014, agreed to a local ceasefire with President Bashar al-Assad's regime after nearly a year of fighting and bombardment, activists said.
"After intense negotiation in recent days between the regime and the (rebel) Free Syrian Army through mediators from the neighbourhood, the following agreement has been reached: ceasefire between the two sides," a statement posted by the opposition local council said.
The two sides also agreed to "the withdrawal of Assad's army from all of Barzeh, and the cleaning of the streets (of abandoned corpses), in preparation for the road to be opened" by the rebels, the statement said.
"The Free Syrian Army will be the one manning traffic" through the district, which has been blocked off ever since the opposition took over the neighbourhood, the statement added.