Washington Post: Cease-fire brings rare calm in Syria: ‘Children are even playing in the street’
ISTANBUL — A cease-fire in Syria brokered by the United States and Russia has brought a rare period of calm to hard-hit parts of the country, activists said Tuesday, sending normally terrified residents out to shop, play and visit loved ones.
The nationwide truce went into effect at sundown Monday and continued to hold despite reports of sporadic violations.
It is the second major attempt by world powers to curb the fighting that has killed nearly half a million people and spawned a humanitarian crisis stretching from the Middle East to Europe. It also marks the first time in months that rebel forces and Syrian government troops have agreed to halt their fire, granting civilians a brief reprieve from the constant threat of airstrikes and shelling.
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