Syria truce largely holds

CNC
Added On February 29, 2016

It's been two days since a landmark ceasefire went into effect in Syria and the situation is largely calm. 
 
But the Syrian government and opposition groups have traded accusations over violations of the truce.
 
The first major ceasefire in Syria's five-year conflict entered the second day on Sunday and it largely held.
 
Although the Syrian government and opposition groups have traded accusations over violations, the capital Damascus was relatively calm.
 
SOUNDBITE (ARABIC): AHMAD, Damascus resident
"I could hardly recall a calm night for the past four years. But last night was different. It was really calm and the peaceful atmosphere has made people go out today. Thank God. Till now the situation is largely calm. I myself haven't heard any blast."
 
SOUNDBITE (ARABIC): KHITAM, Damascus Resident
"We can feel the quiet and peace. There's peace again. Especially last night, we slept without hearing any rattling sound of shelling, Sleeping without fear is great and I hope the ceasefire can last."  
 
The ceasefire, proposed by the U.S. and Russia, went into force midnight Friday. 
 
Many hope it can help bring an end to the conflict, which has claimed 270,000 lives and displaced more than half the country's population.
 
The truce does not apply to territory held by the Islamic State group and Al-Qaida affiliate Al-Nusra Front. 
 
Reports say fierce fighting continued on Sunday in the central province of Homs between government forces and the IS.