Syrian rebels, government reach truce

2015-01-15 17:42
Syrian rebels. (Youssef Karwashan, AFP)

Syrian rebels. (Youssef Karwashan, AFP)

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Beirut - Activists say Syrian rebels and local government officials have agreed to a truce in the last opposition-held area of the central city of Homs.

Activist Beibars al-Tilawi said the 10-day truce beginning on Thursday will allow more food to enter the al-Waar area.

He says it will also provide time to negotiate a more lasting resolution to the 20-month standoff in al-Waar, which has been besieged by government forces.

Al-Tilawi said rebels sought the truce to alleviate the suffering of civilians, and because they were outgunned by government forces.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the truce.

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