A partial truce, known as “the regime of quiet”, came into force at 1 a.m. (local time) in most of the Syrian territory, with the exception of the city of Aleppo, which is still divided. It was reported on the BBC’s site, where a statement of the regime’s armed forces is quoted: the truce, announced by the army of Damascus, became operational in two areas one hour after midnight. An official statement indicated that it will last for twenty four hours in the capital and in the eastern Ghouta region, on the outskirts of Damascus, and for 72 hours in Latakia province, in the north of the country.
No explanation was provided as to why the suspension of the fighting is only temporary. During the day, missiles fired by rebels killed fifteen people after Friday prayers in the part of Aleppo controlled by the regime. The Malla Khan mosque in Bab al Faraj was hit, causing new victims. Some of the injured were in serious condition and are destined to die; in the east controlled by the rebels, the government air strikes killed at least eleven people and destroyed a medical facility; the second one to be struck in a week. The cease-fire, reached thanks to pressure of the Russians and Americans, does not concern the city of Aleppo.
“The new wave of violence and the acts that undermine the cessation of hostilities, especially the latest offensive of the Syrian regime near Aleppo and to the east of Damascus, put peace talks at risk,” said High Representative for EU Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini after the bombings of the last two days in different parts of Syria, especially in Aleppo.