Syria Safe Zones Deal to Take Effect Saturday, Russian Military Says

The first safe zone will include the Idlib, Latakia, Aleppo and Hama districts; Russia to continue striking ISIS elsewhere

An image released by Russia's Defense Ministry on January 24, 2017, is said to show Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bombers striking ISIS targets in Deir al-Zor province, Syria.
Russian Defense Ministry via Reuters

The agreement on safe zones in Syria will come into force from midnight tonight, but Russia's air force will continue striking Islamic State elsewhere in the country, Russian news agencies cited Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Friday. 

The first and the largest safe zone in northern Syria will include the Idlib province and adjoining districts of Latakia, Aleppo and Hama with a total population of over 1 million, the ministry said. 

The position of the United States allowed to create conditions for political settlement in Syria, the agencies quoted Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin as saying. 

The fact that the de-escalation agreement was supported by the United Nations, the United States and Saudi Arabia guarantees its implementation, he said.