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Assad’s army, opposition stand down as cease fire goes into effect

Reuters [1]
April 12, 2012

The deadline for a UN-backed ceasefire aimed at halting more than a year of bloodshed in Syria passed on Thursday with no immediate reports of violence.

People in the restive provinces of Homs, Hama and Idlib which have seen sustained shelling by President Bashar Assad’s forces over the last week, said the situation was calm after the 6 a.m. (0300 GMT) deadline expired.

An activist in Damascus said the capital was also quiet.

“It was a bloody night – there was heavy shelling on the city of Homs, but now it is calm and there is no shooting,” said an activist in Syria’s third largest city, who called himself Abu Rami.

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