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Syrians celebrate Eid as guns fall silent in fragile truce

Pictures from the troubled region after an internally backed ceasefire came into effect.
Updated 14 Sep, 2016 05:14pm

ALEPPO: People in Syria celebrated Eidul Azha in relative peace after an internally backed ceasefire for Syria came into effect Monday as part of a hard-fought deal to bring an end to the war between rebels and regime fighters.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported minor violations by both government and rebel forces in different parts of the country, but no deaths.

The lull in violence was a rare respite for residents of the war-ravaged country, where more than half the population has been displaced and hundreds of thousands live under siege. The Syrian conflict has killed more than 300,000 people since March 2011.

Syrian children ride an attraction in the rebel-held town of Arbin as they celebrate Eidul Azha.— AFP
Syrian children ride an attraction in the rebel-held town of Arbin as they celebrate Eidul Azha.— AFP

A Syrian boy rides a horse as children play in the street in Aleppo as they celebrate the Eid al-Adha. — AFP
A Syrian boy rides a horse as children play in the street in Aleppo as they celebrate the Eid al-Adha. — AFP

Syrian youths sits at a cafe in the government-held area of Aleppo as they celebrate the Eid al-Adha. — AFP
Syrian youths sits at a cafe in the government-held area of Aleppo as they celebrate the Eid al-Adha. — AFP

Children play on swings in the rebel-held town of Arbin, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus. — AFP
Children play on swings in the rebel-held town of Arbin, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus. — AFP

A Syrian girl walks in the street in Arbin.— AFP
A Syrian girl walks in the street in Arbin.— AFP

A man carries three girls on a bicycle in Qamishli. — AFP
A man carries three girls on a bicycle in Qamishli. — AFP

A man crosses a street in Qamishli. — AFP
A man crosses a street in Qamishli. — AFP

Children drink from a well in Arbin. — AFP
Children drink from a well in Arbin. — AFP

Boys play on swings in Arbin. — AFP
Boys play on swings in Arbin. — AFP

Boys play on a see-saw in Arbin. — AFP
Boys play on a see-saw in Arbin. — AFP

Syrians sit at a cafe in Aleppo. — AFP
Syrians sit at a cafe in Aleppo. — AFP