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CALM RETURNS AS CEASEFIRE GOES INTO EFFECT IN SOUTHERN SYRIA

The war-torn southern Syria has returned to calm, as ceasefire agreement, reached between the U.S. and Russia went into effect on Sunday, a well-informed source said.

The ceasefire agreement, backed by the United States and Russia, is holding up well, in the areas of Daraa, Sweida and Quanitera, the source said.

In Daraa, people resumed their daily routines, like shopping at marketplaces and enjoying the calm that has been brought by the ceasefire, the source said, adding that, people in this conflict-affected area are still afraid of any breach that could restart the battle.

As for the nearby province of Sweida, the source said, the city and its countryside are in complete calm, as clashes centred in the south-western countryside of that province, near Daraa.

In Quanitera, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the tension also eases, except for regions under the control of the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, which is excluded from the ceasefire pact.

The source said, the Syrian army had captured two areas earlier, stormed by the Nusra militants near the al-Baath city in Qunaitera countryside.

U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said, the United States and Russia had reached ceasefire agreement, to quell fighting in south-west Syria.

He said, the agreement, if it holds, may be a blueprint for other parts of the country. "This area in the south is our first show of success. We hope we can replicate that elsewhere," he said.

The ceasefire is part of the deescalation zones' deal, which went into force last May, in four Syrian areas, including the southern part of Syria, where battles flared up again, prompting the United States and Russia to agree to a ceasefire

Source: NAM News Network