Russia says truce extended for 72 hours in Aleppo, Latakia

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Posted: May 06, 2016 8:28 PM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia's defense ministry said a "regime of calm" truce in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo and parts of Latakia province had been extended "for 72 hours beginning at 1 a.m. on Saturday" (1700 ET on Friday), Syrian state news agency SANA reported.

A fragile local truce had been in place for Aleppo city since early on Wednesday. In northern Latakia province, it first took effect on April 29, after a wider truce deal in western Syria brokered by Washington and Moscow broke down.

(Reporting by John Davison and Ahmed Tolba in Cairo; Editing by Sandra Maler)