DAMASCUS, Syria, July 6 (UPI) — The Syrian army on Wednesday began a 72-hour unilateral cease-fire to observe Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim religious holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
The cease-fire began at 1 p.m. Wednesday and will be in effect until midnight July 8. The General Command of the Syrian Army initiated the cease-fire after taking control of the village of Maydaa with the help of Hezbollah.
Maydaa is part of Syria’s Douma district and is about 15 miles east of Damascus. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports Maydaa was captured after intense fighting between rebel group Jaysh al-Islam and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad‘s regime and its allies.
Syria has been blighted by a complex civil war in which the Islamic State, the Syrian government and multiple Syrian rebel groups fight for control of territory. The United Nation’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that more than 400,000 people have been killed.