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Posted June 22, 2017

The Syrian army said Saturday in a statement that a ceasefire had been implemented in Deraa, an area covered by an accord brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran last month to set up "safe zones" in the war-ravaged country.

Since a resumption of negotiations previous year, there have been multiple rounds brokered by the United Nations in Geneva between representatives of Syrian rebels and the government of President Bashar al-Assad, resulting in scant progress. Since then, Russian Federation has also begun its own efforts at peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan.

It also said Mr de Mistura plans to convene further rounds of talks in August and September.

The United States welcomed the ceasefire in a statement, but pressed for results, not talk. "The opposition should similarly halt attacks to allow the ceasefire to endure - and hopefully be extended - and humanitarian aid to reach those in need".

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But the government has touted the deals as the best way to end the six-year war, which has killed more than 320,000 people since it began in March 2011.

The damaged Al-Rahman mosque is pictured at al-Nuaimah village in Deraa province, Syria on June 17, 2017.

Syria's government has pursued a series of so-called "national reconciliation" agreements with rebels in different parts of the country, including recently near the capital.

Jordan on Saturday said it backs a temporary ceasefire announced in southern Syria today and voiced hope that all warring parties abide by the agreement.

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Syria's Army has declared a 48-hour ceasefire in the southern city of Daraa, bringing a cautious calm after days of heavy fighting.

The cessation of battles went into effect as of 12:00 p.m. (1000 GMT) Saturday, said SANA.

No casualties were reported in the morning air raids, and in the hours since, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported a lull in fighting in the area.

Multiple rounds of Syria peace talks have not yielded much in the way of results.

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