May 7, 2016 / 12:36 AM / a year ago

Russia says truce extended for 72 hours in Aleppo, Latakia

Residents walk near damaged buildings in the rebel held area of Old Aleppo, Syria May 5, 2016.Abdalrhman Ismail

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia's defense ministry said a "regime of calm" truce in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo and parts of Latakia province had been extended "for 72 hours beginning at 1 a.m. on Saturday" (1700 ET on Friday), Syrian state news agency SANA reported.

A fragile local truce had been in place for Aleppo city since early on Wednesday. In northern Latakia province, it first took effect on April 29, after a wider truce deal in western Syria brokered by Washington and Moscow broke down.

Reporting by John Davison and Ahmed Tolba in Cairo; Editing by Sandra Maler

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