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The regime forces declared a "cessation of fighting activities" starting at noon on Saturday in besieged Eastern Ghouta, which has always been controlled by the opposition.

The army "announces a halt in fighting in some areas of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus province from midday on Saturday (9am GMT)", it said in a statement carried by state news agency SANA.

"Regime warplanes targeted the area of Ain Terma with at least six strikes since early morning, and two raids were carried out on and around the city of Douma", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Russia, Iran and Turkey are guarantors of the Syrian ceasefire regime.

There was no immediate comment from the regime or its forces.

The agreements on the order of functioning of the Eastern Ghouta de-escalation zone in Syria have been signed following the talks in Cairo between representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry and the Syrian opposition, mediated by the Egyptian side.

Eastern Ghouta is just the second zone to see a ceasefire come into force.

Russian Federation said it and the rebels had signed agreements under which "the borders of the de-escalation zone are defined as well as the deployment locations and powers of the forces monitoring the de-escalation".

But the agreement has not been fully implemented due to disagreements on who would monitor the safe zones.

A ceasefire was implemented in another "de-escalation zone" in southern Syria on July 9, but none has so far been announced for the northwestern province of Idlib or parts of the central province of Homs.

More than 330,000 people have been killed in Syria since its conflict broke out in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

There have been many attempts at a lasting ceasefire in western Syria, where rebels have lost ground to government forces and their allies over the a year ago.

It comes after the U.S., Russian Federation and Jordan reached a ceasefire and de-escalation agreement for South-West Syria.

Activists reported relative calm in Eastern Ghouta on July 22 despite some violations.

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