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Rockets, gunfire test new Russia-backed truce near Syria's Homs: monitor

08:31 EDT 5 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

Rockets, gunfire test new Russia-backed truce near Syria's Homs: monitorWarring sides exchanged rocket and gunfire north of the Syrian city of Homs overnight, hours after a Russia-backed truce took effect, a war monitor said on Friday, while heavy rocket fire also marred a similar deal east of the capital Damascus. Russia, an ally of the Syrian government, said on Thursday its defense ministry and Syria's opposition had agreed to set up a "de-escalation" zone in the rebel-held countryside north of government-held Homs. After an initial few hours of calm, the rebels and government forces and their allies began to target each other's territory.


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