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Over 1,200 gunmen from southwestern Syrian province sign ceasefire deal

March 01, 11:03 UTC+3 DARAA
According to the Daraa province governor, most persons, who come from the local town of Ibta, will be able to return to normal life in the foreseeable future
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DARAA, March 1. /TASS/. More than 1,200 citizens in southwestern Syria’s Daraa province who earlier fought against government forces have signed a ceasefire agreement with authorities.

Governor Mohammad Khaled al-Hannu of the Daraa province told reporters that most persons, who come from the local town of Ibta, will be able to return to normal life in the foreseeable future.

"We expect that in the coming days new agreements will be signed as part of national reconciliation process," the governor said.

Talks with authorities were attended by members of the opposition’s Free Syrian Army, Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade and local self-defense units. After the meeting they signed a refusal to continue combat actions against the official Damascus.

Over the past 24 hours, a deal on reconciliation with Russia’s mediation was signed with the leaders in two villages in the province of Damascus, bringing the total number of such agreements to 37.

The ceasefire in Syria hammered out by Moscow and Washington came into force at midnight local time on February 27. An hour before the ceasefire became effective the UN Security Council adopted a resolution to support the cessation of hostilities. The document drafted by Russia and the United States was backed by all 15 member-states of the UNSC.

It is to be applied to all parties to the Syrian conflict but for Daesh (the Arabic acronym for Islamic State) and Jabhat an-Nusra (both are banned in Russia) "or other terrorist organizations designated by the UN Security Council." Airstrikes on them will be continued.

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