Scores killed in Syria after new truce deal
A BARRAGE of airstrikes on rebelheld areas in Syria have killed scores of people, just hours after the government in Damascus approved a US-Russian plan to halt fighting in the country’s civil war.
It was not immediately clear who carried out the raids, which hit the key northern cities of Idlib and Aleppo, which are held by rebels.
But they came as a new ceasefire, agreed as part of a landmark deal brokered by Russia and the US, was set to begin today, the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, allowing much-needed aid to reach the beleaguered civilian population.
The regime of President Bashar al-Assad approved the truce deal on September 10, but the main opposition group was more cautious. Syrian state news agency SANA reported that the “government has approved the agreement, and a cessation of hostilities will begin in Aleppo for humanitarian reasons”.
Citing “informed sources”, the agency said “the entire agreement was reached with the knowledge of the Syrian government”.
Despite the apparent breakthrough, the killing continued, with deadly bombing raids on the rebel stronghold of Idlib province.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 58 people were killed in raids on various neighbourhoods of Idlib city, including a market, but it was not immediately clear who carried out the strikes.
The toll included 13 women and 13 children, it said.