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With evacuations looming, 'de-escalation zone' announced for south Damascus

New "de-escalation" initiative presents new status quo for south Damascus suburbs, but how will it work?
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The last remaining rebel-held suburbs of south Damascus may soon fall under a new "de-escalation zone," according to a tentative agreement announced by rebel representatives in Cairo on Oct. 12.

Jaish al-Islam political representative and former chief rebel negotiator Mohammad al-Alloush announced the deal, reportedly signed with Russian guarantees, in an address broadcast by Egyptian state TV.

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