As per the Russian Ministry of Defence, A new deal designating a de-escalation zone in the Syrian province of Eastern Ghouta has been signed with Syrian rebels.
The de-escalation agreement was signed with Egyptian mediation after representatives of Syrian opposition groups and the Russian military held talks in Cairo.
The agreement provides for a ceasefire in the zone, allowing food and humanitarian aid to be brought in and the ill and wounded to be evacuated for treatment elsewhere, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence.
With many of its towns and villages ravaged by bombardments in the six-year conflict, Eastern Ghouta near Damascus is one of the last strongholds of rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and was the scene of a chemical weapon attack that killed hundreds in August 2013.
The Russian military explained that “the documents fix borders of the de-escalation zone, locations and authorities of the forces observing the de-escalation, as well as routes for delivery of humanitarian aid and for free movement of the civilians, as per the reports.
The Syrian armed forces also announced halting hostile activities “in several areas in Eastern Ghouta,” starting Saturday.
Eastern Ghouta is in one of four proposed “de-escalation zones” designated in a deal reached by government allies Iran and Russia and rebel backer Turkey in May.
It is been reported that the first humanitarian aid convoy is due in the coming days, as well as convoys to evacuate the injured.