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Syrian ceasefire undermined with more shelling of cities

Syrian ceasefire undermined with more shelling of cities
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Two days into the UN-brokered truce opposition activists have reported a return to heavy shelling in major cities.

The fighting further undermines the ceasefire intended to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha religious holiday. There are claims from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that eight people have been killed on Saturday and nearly 150 on Friday.

Morhaf Selatt is the Commander of the Binnish Martyrs Battalion. He said the government troops action started early. “We woke up assuming there was a truce. Today is Eid. But since five in the morning they began shelling us. It was heavy fire which proves that for them there is no ceasefire. We were sleeping and some our men are wounded during this supposed truce that we committed to and which they never did at all.”

The Syrian military said it responded to attacks by insurgents on army positions on Friday while the General Command of the Armed Forces detailed several violations of the truce and referred to, “terrorists” firing on checkpoints.

Both rebels and the army said they would observe the truce only if the other side held their fire.

There have been several attempts at a lasting truce by the UN and Arab League but they have fallen apart after coming into force.