An open-ended ceasefire in southern Syria brokered by the United States, Russia, and Jordan came into effect on Sunday at noon.
The agreement, announced Thursday after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, is the first initiative by the Trump administration in collaboration with Russia to bring some stability to war-torn Syria.
It followed weeks of secretive talks in the Jordanian capital, Amman, to address the buildup of Iranian-backed forces, in support of the Syrian government, near the Jordanian and Israeli borders.
Ceasefire set to take effect in south west Syria, is US priority, step toward peace for all country: Trump adviser https://t.co/cCSEOMyWjw pic.twitter.com/aLRVmslH0h — AFP news agency (@AFP) July 9, 2017
The government maintains it is fighting against terrorist groups. The al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee is one of the most potent factions fighting alongside rebels in Daraa.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel would welcome a “genuine ceasefire” in southern Syria so long as it doesn’t enable Iran and its proxies to develop a military presence along the border.
The truce covers the Quneitra, Daraa, and Sweida provinces, where the government and the rebels are also fighting Islamic State militants, who are not included in the truce.
No ceasefire has lasted long in the six-year-old Syrian war.