Against All Odds, Syrian Cease-Fire Survives First Day
Few predicted this. A day after the Syrian government and nearly 100 rebel factions began a temporary cease-fire, only a few minor skirmishes have been reported. Some who’d fled the violence to Damascus said they were surprised by the quiet, helped by a 24-hour pause in Russian airstrikes. But fighting with ISIS — not covered under the agreement — continued as its militants reportedly tried to take a northern town, but were repulsed by Kurdish forces. Hoping the lull will last, aid groups are rushing supplies to 480,000 trapped Syrians.