Syria: A Syrian rebel alliance agreed to a three-day nationwide ceasefire announced by the Syrian army on Wednesday and the United States voiced hope a more significant truce could be achieved, though fighting and air attacks continued.
The regime of silence truce came apparently to mark the three-day holiday of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Previous truces, which were backed by Russia and the United States, have been established in areas near the capital Damascus, and northern province of Aleppo.
However, several breaches were reported, in which the government accused the rebels. The previous truce is largely holding near Damascus, but abjectly failed in Aleppo. It's not yet clear how the new nationwide truce, the first in such a big scope, will hold amid a complicated conflict, where tens of rebel groups are involved, including the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and the Islamic State (IS) group, which are expected to be excluded from the new truce akin to the previous ones.