Syria army extends ceasefire for three days
The Syrian military said it extended a 72-hour nationwide ceasefire after taking town near Damascus
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.