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Syrian UN mediator confident of holiday ceasefire

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Syrian UN mediator confident of holiday ceasefire


The international envoy to Syria says the government has agreed to a ceasefire during the Islamic holiay of Eid al-Adha, which begins on Friday. President Bashar al-Assad’s government is due to make an official announcement on Thursday.

United Nations and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said that most opposition leaders have committed to observing the truce.

Brahimi told reporters in Cairo, “If this humble initiative is successful, we hope to use it as a building block for talks on a longer ceasefire and that ceasefire must be a part of a well-rounded political process.”

The announcement comes in the wake of an attack in Douma near Damascus, which killed at least 20 civilians.The Syrian government and opposition forces are trading blame over who did it.

Further North, Maarat al Numan continues to be battered by air strikes. Amateur video uploaded to the Internet shows people sifting through rubble in the ruins of the Bilal Ibn Rabah mosque in a western district of the town.

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