The Syrian Army has declared a unilateral, three-day cease-fie for the entire country, coinciding with the start of Eid al-Fit . The truce is to expire at midnight on Friday 8 July, according to a state TV report.

Eid marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and is a time of feasts and fun, presents and parties. Children in rebel-held areas of Syria were able to take advantage of the ceasefire by celebrating Eid out on the streets – even if sometimes their games looked like they'd been copied from the violence they'd known all of their lives.

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Syrian children play with toys guns on a street in a rebel-held district of the northern city of AleppoAmeer Alhalbi/AF
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A broken children's carousel is seen in the rebel-held town of DoumaAbd Doumany/AFP
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Syrian children play on a swing in front of a damaged building in rebel-held side of Aleppo during celebrations for Eid al-FitrThaer Mohammed/AFP
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Children ride on an attraction as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Syria's rebel-held northwestern city of IdlibOmar Haj Kadour/AFP
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A man walks with his son along a destroyed street in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the capital DamascusSameer al-Doumy/AFP
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Syrian children gather during an activity organised by a charity group in JobarAmer Almohibany/AFP
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Syrian children walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings in Jobar, a rebel-held district on the eastern outskirts of the capital DamascusAmer Almohibany/AFP
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A Syrian boy sits in the rubble during an activity organised to celebrate EidAmer Almohibany/AFP
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A Syrian girl plays on her own on a swing in the rebel-held town of DoumaAbd Doumany/AFP
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A Syrian man prays at a grave of his father in the rebel-held town of DoumaAbd Doumany/AFP
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Syrian women mourn at the grave of a relative in the rebel-held area of Daraa, in southern Syria, on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holidayMohamad Abazeed/AFP

This is the first time Syrian authorities have declared a blanket truce for the entire country. The last truce — a high-profile "cessation of hostilities" brokered by the United States and Russia — was declared on 27 February, but excluded militant groups such as Islamic State and the Nusra Front.

For weeks, that truce sharply reduced violence in much of the country. However, the exclusion of areas under the militants' control opened the door for disagreements over who else was considered a terrorist group and would therefore be excluded from the cease-fire. The government of Bashar al-Assad considers all armed opposition to be terrorists.

The February cease-fire finally collapsed with a government offensive in the northern province of Aleppo, where a coalition of armed opposition groups has strongholds and also cooperates with the Nusra Front.