Last updated: March 21, 2018

Syria truce largely holds, aid preparations underway

Boys walk near a damaged building on the first day of Eid al-Adha celebrations in the rebel held Douma neighbourhood of DamascusBy Lisa Barrington BEIRUT (Reuters) – A new ceasefire in Syria brought a full day with no combat deaths in the war between President Bashar al-Assad and his opponents, a monitoring body said, and efforts to deliver aid to besieged areas got cautiously underway. Twenty-four hours after the ceasefire took effect, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that it had received not a single report of combatants or civilians killed by fighting in any areas covered by the truce. It also marks the biggest bet yet by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama that it can work with Russia to end a war that President Vladimir Putin transformed a year ago when he sent warplanes to join the fight on Assad's side.

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