Syrian Civil War

Russia: 'Safe zone' in Syria's Ghouta demarcated

Russia's Defense Ministry said Saturday an agreement has been reached with the Syrian opposition on the boundaries for a de-escalation zone for the eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus while the Syrian army command said it has ceased military operations in several areas near the capital.

The announcements in Moscow and Damascus came after days of bombardment and airstrikes on the area that is known as eastern Ghouta. Activists reported relative calm in the afternoon in the area despite some violations.

The Russian ministry statement did not give details, but said the agreement includes the zone's borders as well as routes for delivery of humanitarian aid and free movement...