Syrian rebels say Aleppo truce deal struck, to take effect shortly

BEIRUT, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Syrian rebels said a ceasefire with government forces in Aleppo, agreed after talks between insurgents and Damascus’s ally Russia, was to begin late on Tuesday and would include the evacuation of combatants and civilians.The deal, acknowledged by Russia and Syria, signals Damascus’s biggest victory over insurgents fighting to unseat President Bashar al-Assad in nearly six years of civil war, driving them from their last major urban stronghold.A rebel official told Reuters that Moscow and insurgent factions agreed in their talks to a halt to air strikes, which he said took effect early on Tuesday.”There was negotiation with the Russians last night … the first thing (agreed) was that (aerial) bombardments should stop today, so today the bombardment stopped in the morning, but clashes continued,” Zakaria Malahifji of the Aleppo-based Fastaqim rebel group said.”There’s (currently) a cessation of bombardments. Now … a ceasefire is being discussed, so tonight … a ceasefire should happen.”

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