Scattered clashes mar Syrian ceasefire

Syrian front lines were more or less silent Saturday after the cessation of hostilities went into effect at midnight, except for scattered incidents. Syrian TV reported shells had hit residential areas in Damascus and low-level clashes were reported between rebel and government forces elsewhere. Russia, which says it intends to continue strikes against areas held by Islamist fighters not covered by the truce, said it would suspend all flights over Syria for the day on Saturday, to ensure no wrong targets were hit by mistake. The ceasefire does not cover Islamic State and the Nusra Front, al Qaeda's branch in Syria.

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