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Syria army extends ceasefire for three days

The Syrian military said it extended a 72-hour nationwide ceasefire after taking town near Damascus

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The Syrian military said it extended a 72-hour nationwide ceasefire that expired on Friday for another 72 hours, state media reported on Saturday.

The military high command said in a statement reported by state media that “a regime of calm will be extended for a period of 72 hours from one o’clock on July 9.”

The previous truce ran up to midnight on July 8.

Syrian government and allied forces took control of a rebel-held town east of Damascus on Saturday after a 12-day battle, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, compromising a supply route into opposition territory.

Maydaa was the easternmost outpost of the rebel-held bloc of territory in Eastern Ghouta and was used as a supply route into the area for weapons and money, the Britain-based Observatory said. It was the last rebel-held bit of territory before the rebel-held town of Dumeir to the east, from which it was separated by a stretch of government-controlled land.

Maydaa had been under the control of the powerful Jaish al-Islam rebel faction and was the group's closest position to Dumeir military airport, where they are fighting to displace government forces.