28 Dec 2013

Truce allows food to reach Syrian town

6:16 am on 28 December 2013

A truce agreement has been reached between rebels in Syria and government troops to lift a siege on a town outside the capital.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in London says the truce affects the town of Mouadamiyat al-Sham, which has a population of 15,000, who have been under seige for a year.

The town is held by rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.

Under the agreement, residents will fly the Syrian flag and rebel groups will disarm and leave, in exchange for government forces allowing food and other provisions into the town.

Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory told Lebanese television that it was "a hard decision on behalf of the rebels ... It was a sour pill they had to swallow to save civilians".

According to Syrian MP George Nakhleh, who spoke to al-Mayadeen television, the army will stay on the outskirts of the town. In return, food and other supplies will be allowed to enter the area.