November 19, 2015 / 11:21 AM / 3 years ago

Syrian rebel group says studying local ceasefire proposal

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A powerful Syrian insurgent group said on Thursday it was studying a local ceasefire proposal tabled by an international mediator aimed at halting fighting near Damascus.

Fighters from a coalition of rebel groups called "Jaish al Fateh", also known as "Army of Fatah" (Conquest Army), rest after clashes with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in al-Ghab plain in the province of Hama, Syria August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

Islam Alloush, spokesman for the Jaish al-Islam group, told Reuters the ceasefire proposal had been presented by the mediator to the former head of a sharia board that operates in rebel-held areas, who in turn had presented it to rebel groups and civilian organizations in the opposition-held area.

“We, in Jaish al-Islam, are studying the subject in the leadership council,” Alloush told Reuters, speaking via a web-based messaging system. He declined to give further details.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that monitors the war, earlier reported the failure of negotiations aimed at achieved a local ceasefire between rebels and government forces in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.

Reporting by Tom Perry; Editing by Dominic Evans

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