Syrian army announces 72-hour nationwide ceasefire coinciding with end of Ramadan

Syrians walk along a destroyed street in the rebel-held town of Douma east of the capital Damascus on July 6, 2016.
Syrians walk along a destroyed street in the rebel-held town of Douma east of the capital Damascus on July 6, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

DAMASCUS (AFP) - The Syrian army said Wednesday (July 6) it would observe a 72-hour ceasefire across the country, in an announcement coinciding with the festival marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

"A 'regime of silence' will be applied across all territory of the Syrian Arab Republic for 72 hours from 1pm (6pm Singapore time) on July 6," the army said in a statement republished by official media.