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News: Syria at war - Russia calls for 'regime of calm'

News: Syria at war - Russia calls for 'regime of calm'

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Temporary truce may last for 72 hours in suburbs of Damascus as country reels from ISIL bombings that killed 150 people. 


Russia has called for a temporary truce to begin in two towns in the Damascus countryside after multiple attacks in northwestern Syria killed at least 150 people.

The Russian defence ministry wants the truce in the towns of Daraya and Eastern Ghouta to begin on Tuesday and last for 72 hours.
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Monday's announcement came as the United States continued to urged Russia to pressure President Bashar al-Assad's government to stop bombing opposition forces and civilians in Damascus and Aleppo.

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, spoke to his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, by phone and urged him to press the Syrian government to halt its attacks on Aleppo in the north and Daraya near Damascus.

At least 150 people were killed on Monday in seven near-simultaneous explosions targeting bus stations, hospitals and other civilian sites in the seaside cities of Jableh and Tartus, which are Assad strongholds.

The attacks were claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.

ISIL said it was also behind Monday's twin bombings in Yemen's second city, Aden, that killed at least 45 people.

The surge in violence comes as ISIL faces mounting pressure in Syria and neighbouring Iraq, where a major government offensive to retake the city of Fallujah from the group is under way.

The early morning attacks began at a bus station in Tartus, where Russia has long maintained a naval facility.

Source: Aljazeera


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