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Syria fighting flares despite Eid ceasefire deal

10-28-2012 08:20 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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Shelling has been reported in several areas in Syria as opposition and government forces blame each other for violating the Eid ceasefire. According to some human rights groups, Saturday alone saw more than 64 deaths.

A return to heavy bombardment in major Syrian cities on Saturday. This has further undermined a truce intended to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday.

According to activists in the suburbs of Damascus and Aleppo, mortar bombs were fired into residential areas on Saturday morning. The bombardment came on the second day of a truce called by international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. The envoy had hoped to use the truce to build broader moves to end the conflict in Syria which the opposition says has claimed lives of more than 32, 000 people.

Sounds of explosions also echoed across the frontier from the Syrian town of Haram. Smoke was also seen rising from buildings in the area.

Meanwhile, state television said "terrorist groups" had detonated a car bomb in a main street in Deir al-Zor. 5 people were reportedly killed. State television accused armed terrorist groups as having violated the truce by setting off the car bomb in front of a church. But opposition activists put the blame on the government. They said government forces were behind the attack.

The Syrian government and the Free Syrian Army had both agreed to a call by Brahimi to lay down their arms for the four-day Eid festival, but both also reserved the right to respond to attacks. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based opposition organisation, reported that more than 64 people were killed on Saturday, the second day of the truce.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CCTV.com

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