Monday, February 29, 2016

Syria's Ceasefire Continues To Hold

Time: Syria’s Cease-Fire Holds in Face of Reported Violations

"The truce has positively surprised many people by lasting for a few days—let’s put it this way—so far"

A fragile cease-fire remained intact for a third day in parts of Syria on Monday, even as monitoring groups reported renewed Russian airstrikes on areas held by opponents of the regime of Bashar Assad.

The reports of shelling on Saturday and Sunday were the clearest sign to date of the erosion of the truce agreement announced a week ago by the United States and Russia. Syrian opposition groups had been deeply skeptical of the truce, which applies only to the Assad regime and its allies and an array of rebel groups fighting the government in Damascus.

The international agreement followed weeks of intense airstrikes by the Russia and the regime against rebel-held areas. The renewed offensive displaced 70,000 people in roughly two weeks in February and brought the regime close to surrounding a crucial rebel stronghold in the city of Aleppo.

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More News On The Syrian Ceasefire

Syrian opposition says government wrecking truce deal -- Reuters
UN chief claims Syria cease-fire is holding despite growing breaches -- FOX News/AP
Syrian truce holding, UN chief says – as rebels threaten withdrawal -- RT
UN: Syria Cease-fire Largely Holding Despite 'Incidents' -- VOA
First test for Syrian truce after breaches reported on both sides -- The Guardian
Al-Nusra Front in Syria Plans to Provoke Russia, Disrupt Ceasefire -- Al Jazeera
Syria task force to meet to shore up fragile truce -- AFP
Syria ceasefire task force meets, France wants answers on violations -- Reuters
NATO chief says concerned about Russian military build-up in Syria -- Reuters
Saudi Arabia trying to destroy fragile truce in Syria, warns Assad regime -- The Independent
Syria accuses Saudi foreign minister of trying to thwart truce -- Reuters
As patchwork truce hangs on, Syrians see glimmer of hope -- CBS
CNN exclusive: In rebel-held Aleppo, residents suspect Syria truce a trick -- CNN
Syria truce allows UN to bolster aid -- DW
Syria conflict: UN steps up aid deliveries as truce holds -- BBC

1 comment:

Don Bacon said...

"The Syrian Network for Human Rights said it documented 14 separate violations by Russia and the regime on the first day of the cease-fire in attacks that killed 15 people, including two civilians."

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) is a western-backed activist agency which fails to inform of its location or its funding.