Ceasefire begins in Syria towns.

More than 60 people have been killed and scores injured in army and rebel attacks in different locations in Syria hours before a visit to the Syrian capital by Iran’s foreign minister.

Army artillery shelling and air strikes today targeting Douma, 10kilometres from central Damascus, killed at least 37 people, including women and children, and injured more than 120,

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 12 people were killed in rocket attacks by rebels targeting several neighbourhoods in Damascus, including Abu Romaneh and Bab Touma in the centre.

The deaths came as Syria’s warring parties declared a 48-hour ceasefire in a frontline area after a month of unprecedented mediation from Turkey and Iran, backers of rival sides in Syria.

The ceasefire halted fighting between rebels on the one hand, and the army and its Lebanese Hezbollah allies on the other, in the rebel-held town of Zabadani and in a pair of Shia Muslim villages in Idlib province.



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