Saturday, September 10, 2016

Battles In Syria Intensify As A New Ceasefire Is Set To Begin Monday

Reuters: U.S.-Russian Syria peace deal raises rebel doubts as fighting rages

The United States and Russia reached a breakthrough deal early on Saturday to try to restore peace in Syria, but air strikes hours later on a busy market place that killed and injured dozens added to rebels' doubts that any ceasefire could hold.

The agreement, by the powers that back opposing sides in the five-year-old war, promises a nationwide truce from sundown on Monday, improved access for humanitarian aid and joint military targeting of hardline Islamist groups.

But hours after it was agreed, warplanes bombed a marketplace in rebel-held Idlib in northwestern Syria, killing at least 58 civilians, many children and women, according to rescue workers and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Locals said they believed the jets to be Russian.

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More News On The Syrian War And Monday's Ceasefire

Doubts, concerns greet Syria cease-fire deal as violence surges -- Washington Post
Syria: Scores killed in air strikes ahead of truce deal -- Al Jazeera
Syria conflict: Bombs rain down as truce hopes rise -- BBC
Airstrikes kill, wound dozens in Syria ahead of cease-fire -- USA Today
Deadly Airstrikes Follow Cease-Fire Agreement in Syria -- WSJ
Syrian Government Renews Attacks on Rebels After U.S.-Russia Deal -- Time
Syria Cease-Fire Agreement Gets Cautious Welcome -- VOA
Even Amid Cease-Fire Countdown, Syria’s Conflicts Deepen -- New York Times
US-Russia deal on Syrian ceasefire: ‘Positive sign but questions remain’ -- RT
Analysis: Syria deal offers hope, but Russia calling shots -- AP

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