December 29, 2016 / 10:41 PM / 9 months ago

Syrian Observatory says warring sides appear to cease firing

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said warring sides appeared to cease firing across Syria after a truce deal came into effect at midnight on Friday (2200 GMT Thursday).

The British-based Observatory said there had been some shellfire around Aleppo and in an area close to the capital Damascus shortly before the ceasefire, brokered by Russia and Turkey, began.

Reporting by John Davison; Editing by Chris Reese

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