Beirut - Syria was calm early on Friday after the country's army and
main rebel force said they had agreed to a ceasefire for the four-day
Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
The calm had settled following a night of heavy fighting across the country, the watchdog group said.
state television showed President Bashar Assad attending morning
prayers for the start of Eid at a mosque in Damascus, smiling and
seeming relaxed as he chatted with other worshippers.
Observatory said fighting had taken place overnight around the country,
including in the Damascus area, in Syria's commercial capital Aleppo and
in the centre of the country near the border with Lebanon.
ceasefire comes at the initiative of UN and Arab League peace envoy
Lakhdar Brahimi. Both the regime and the main rebel force, the Free
Syrian Army, have agreed to temporarily lay down their arms but reserved
the right to respond to any aggression.
If the ceasefire holds,
it would be the first real breakthrough in halting - even temporarily -
the 19-month conflict that rights groups say has killed more than 35 000
people in Syria.