BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Russian delegation at the Syrian peace conference in Astana, Kazakhstan announced that the safe-zone deal will come into effect, tonight, at 12:00 P.M. (Damascus Time).
Based on the deal set forth by the Russian, Turkish, and Iranian delegations earlier this week, there will be four safe-zones that will be monitored at all times by the countries that signed this memorandum.
Per the deal, absolutely no warplanes will be allowed to fly over the safe-zones; this includes the U.S. Coalition and their allies.
The safe-zones have no expiration date.
The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that at least 42,000 militants are present in these safe-zones, so they will be safe from airstrikes.