The Syrian government and opposition groups agreed Thursday to a ceasefire brokered by Turkey and Russia that will take effect at midnight and followed by peace talks, according to reports.
“The National Coalition expresses support for the agreement and urges all parties to abide by it,” spokesman Ahmed Ramadan told Agence France-Presse of the deal, which was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Syrian army said it would halt all military operations beginning at midnight after the rebels and the regime signed the agreement.
“The general command of the armed forces announces a complete halt to all hostilities on Syrian territory from the zero hour of December 30th,” it said in a statement.
It added that the halt excluded combat against ISIS and former al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as Al-Nusra Front.
The agreement covers the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus, which had been a sticking point in negotiations, the BBC reported.
Earlier this month, Moscow and Ankara negotiated a ceasefire in Syria’s second city, Aleppo, that led to thousands of rebel fighters and civilians being evacuated from a stronghold besieged by government forces.
Previous ceasefire initiatives that have been brokered by the UN — or the US acting with Russia — have quickly collapsed.