Warring sides in Syria agree local ceasefire: monitor, al-Manar

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Posted: Sep 20, 2015 2:56 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Local ceasefires have been agreed between warring parties in two Shi'ite villages in northwestern Syria and a town near the Lebanese border, a group monitoring the war and the al-Manar TV station controlled by Lebanon's Hezbollah reported.

The ceasefire is due to begin at 12 noon (0900 GMT), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and al-Manar reported.

It applies to the two Shi'ite villages of al-Foua and Kefraya in Idlib province, and the town of Zabadani and nearby Madaya near the border with Lebanon, they said.

Calm was reported in both areas, they added.

It will be the third time local ceasefires have been agreed in those areas since August. Both previous ceasefires collapsed.

(Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)