The Syrian military declared a unilateral, three-day cease-fire for the entire country on Wednesday, coinciding with the start of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, state media reported.
The military’s nationwide truce is set to expire at midnight Friday, according to a state TV report. The truce is not expected to affect the fight against the Islamic State group, which is battling government troops, rebels and other forces on a number of fronts.
IS claimed a suicide bombing outside a bakery on Tuesday in a Kurdish-controlled part of the northeastern Hassakeh province. It was the third major attack claimed by the group in the final week of Ramadan, following a massive bombing in Baghdad that killed 175 people and an assault in Bangladesh that killed 22.
The Kurdish Hawar News Agency said Wednesday that 20 people died in the bakery bombing, while the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put it at 25. Syrian state media had initially reported 10 dead on Tuesday.
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