Syrian rebels in the northern Damascus district of Barzeh on Sunday agreed a local ceasefire with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime after nearly a year of fighting and bombardment, activists said.

“After intense negotiation in recent days between the regime and the [rebel] Free Syrian Army through mediators from the neighborhood, the following agreement has been reached: ceasefire between the two sides,” a statement posted by the opposition local council said.

The two sides also agreed “the withdrawal of Assad’s army from all of Barzeh, and the cleaning of the streets [of abandoned corpses], in preparation for the road to be opened” by the rebels, the statement said.