United States to increase number of refugees intake

The United States says it will increase the number of refugees it takes in by 15,000 each of the next two years, bringing the total to 100,000 in 2017.

Making this disclosure in a news conference with German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, after discussing the mass migration of Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war, the United States  secretary of state, John Kerry, said US will accept 85,000 refugees from around the world  next year.

Elsewhere, a new temporary truce has begun between pro-government and opposition forces in four Syrian towns.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, yesterday’s ceasefire began in the rebel-held towns of Zabadani and Madaya outside the capital, Damascus, and the regime-held Shia villages of Fouaa and Kafraya in the northwestern province of Idlib near theTurkish border.

Meanwhile, UK-based observatory has said that hour before the start of the truce, a coalition of rebels led by al-Nusra Front seized parts of Fouaa after fierce fighting against pro-government military backed by the Lebanese Shia Hezbollah movement.


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