Saturday, December 31, 2016

Syrian Truce Unravelling After Only Two Days

Reuters: Syrian rebels threaten to abandon truce if violations continue

Syrian rebel groups threatened on Saturday to abandon a two-day-old truce if violations continued, and urged the U.N. Security Council not to endorse the deal until the Syrian government and its ally Russia had shown they would respect it.

The deal, brokered during the week by Russia and Turkey, which back opposing sides, reduced the level of violence, but firefights, air strikes and shelling continued in some areas.

Factions belonging to the Free Syrian Army - a loose alliance of militias excluding more radical Islamist groups - said government forces and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters had been trying to push rebels back in the Wadi Barada valley, northwest of Damascus.

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More News On The Syrian War

Syria rebels say they will consider ceasefire 'null and void' if government violations continue -- The Independent
Rebels: Syrian ceasefire violations could put truce in jeopardy -- CNN
Syria's rebels say ceasefire 'null and void' if government continues violations -- DW
Rebels: Ceasefire 'void' if government bombing persists -- Al Jazeera
Syria rebels threaten to declare ceasefire 'null and void' -- Euronews
What Is Happening In Syria? UN To Vote On Russia Resolution As Ceasefire Threatens To Unravel -- International Business Times
Who Is Fighting In Syria? Rebel Group Calls Deal 'Waste Of Blood And Revolution' Against Assad -- IBTimes
Sporadic fighting mars second day of Syria cease-fire -- AP
Syria conflict: UN to vote on Syria ceasefire deal -- BBC
Russia pushes for UN security council support for Syria ceasefire -- The Guardian
Video: Syrian regime emboldened ahead of Russia-backed peace talks -- France 24
Kurds to Be Included in Syrian Gov't If They Lay Down Arms - Ankara -- Sputnik
Putin, Iran's Rouhani Discuss Syria Ceasefire, Peace Settlement in Phone Talks -- Sputnik
Russian, Iranian presidents agree to work closely on Syria: Kremlin -- Reuters
Russia and Its Armed Forces 'Turned the Tide of Syrian War' -- Sputnik
The Winners And Losers In The New Syrian Ceasefire -- Robin Wright, New Yorker
Until a ceasefire covers all rebel groups, war will rage on in Syria -- Ranj Alaaldin, The Guardian


Anonymous said...

There was never much hope for it to work anyway. To many groups and interests are involved.

Jay Farquharson said...

The ceasefire only applied to certain groups, ( only 7 factions), came with immediate conditions for the groups to meet to qualify, and excluded the areas around Damascus, the border area near Israel, and the Syrian highlands.

There was always going to be some continued military actions and one of the goals of the truce is to "break up" many of the jihadi coelitions with continued infighting.