US, Russia agree on ceasefire in southwest Syria

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HAMBURG: Russia and the United States have agreed to a ceasefire in southwest Syria starting from midday on Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced Friday. Lavrov said that there will be a ceasefire in the regions of Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida “from midday Damascus time on July 9.” The agreement includes areas that have seen Israel retaliate for stray fire into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from recent clashes between Syrian regime forces and rebel fighters. Lavrov said the ceasefire set to begin Sunday would be supervised by Russian military police “in coordination with the Jordanians and Americans.” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed the agreement.

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