New truce takes effect in Syria’s Aleppo

Published May 5th, 2016 - 08:00 GMT
A Syrian man walks past destroyed buildings on May 2, 2016, in Aleppo's Bab al-Hadid neighbourhood which was targeted recently by regime air strikes. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
A Syrian man walks past destroyed buildings on May 2, 2016, in Aleppo's Bab al-Hadid neighbourhood which was targeted recently by regime air strikes. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)

Relative calm took hold Thursday in Aleppo after a US-Russian deal went into effect extending a ceasefire that had collapsed, plunging the city into two weeks of intense violence, Reuters reported.

Syrian state-owned media said the army would abide by a "regime of calm" in the city. The new cessation of hostilities came into effect at 1 am local time for 48 hours.

But already the Syrian army has blamed Islamist insurgents and other rebel groups for violating the truce overnight with what it called indiscriminate shelling of government-controlled areas of Aleppo.

Residents in the rebel-held part of the city told Reuters that although jets were still flying overnight, there were none of the intense airstrikes of the last ten days. A rebel source said that there was still intermittent fighting on the main front lines, but it had largely subsided with no army shelling of residential areas.

A US-Russia backed ceasefire which had largely held in Syria since February, fell apart with the recent surge of violence in Aleppo.


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